As you may know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death for women, this terrible disease has affected almost all of us whether directly or indirectly. In 2012 alone, the National Cancer Institute estimates that 226,870 women and 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Congress has a duty to be active and engaged as we fight this disease. Congress can help by supporting funding for cancer research. I have consistently supported research and was a proud supporter of efforts to double the National Institute of Health's funding between 1998 and 2003. We cannot afford to lose focus on the importance of continued research in finding a cure for breast cancer.
As we learn more about breast cancer, more cases are caught early and survival rates continue to rise. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Congress has made sure that women can receive free preventive care, including screenings for breast, colon, and cervical cancer; and can no longer be denied health coverage due to a pre-existing condition.
I will continue to fight for access to affordable, quality health care and increased funding for cancer research. I am confident that when we work together we can achieve great success in the battle against breast cancer.