With Mother's Day around the corner, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (WV-02) is leading the charge for women across the country by introducing bipartisan breast cancer legislation. The Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act, H.R. 1830, sets the goal of ending deaths from breast cancer by 2020.
In the United States, the chance of a woman developing breast cancer during her lifetime has increased from 1 in 11 in 1975 to 1 in 8 today. Last year, an estimated 110 women died of breast cancer every day, adding up to nearly 40,000 lost lives.
"This Mother's Day, my husband's family and many more across the country will be without their mother due to breast cancer. As breast cancer continues to claim tens of thousands of lives each year, Congress should do everything it can to prevent this life threatening disease. That is why I am proud to introduce the bipartisan Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act, which sets the goal of ending deaths from breast cancer by 2020. It is my hope that together we can help save lives."
Background on the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act:
-This bill not about spending more money on the problem. Instead, it is about leveraging both public and private resources to make our response to the disease more effective.
-The bill establishes a commission comprised of the best minds in biomedical research, business, breast cancer advocacy and other related and unrelated disciplines to identify promising opportunities and ideas not currently being prioritized by the public and private sectors.
-The Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act will focus on identifying strategies for the primary prevention of breast cancer and identifying methods to prevent breast cancer metastasis, thereby saving lives.
-The Commission will ensure our limited research dollars are funding the most promising science in the area of breast cancer.
-The bill sets the goal of ending deaths from breast cancer by 2020.