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Breast Cancer And Environmental Research Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

BREAST CANCER AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH ACT -- (Extensions of Remarks - May 11, 2007)

* Mr. MATHESON. Madam Speaker, I rise today to urge support for H.R. 1157, the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act. What finer tribute to our wives and mothers could we pay during this week before Mother's Day than to join as cosponsors of this important bill.

* This legislation would invest in the research we need to discover the potential links between breast cancer and environmental factors. It is research that could someday lead to a cure.

* Over 1,000 Utahns will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year; of those, 200 will probably die from the disease. Even though Utah has a lower incidence rate compared to other States, it's tragic that a woman in our country has a 1 in 7 chance of developing invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. That is a much greater risk than in 1975, when it was 1 in 11. We know that breast cancer remains the second-leading cause of cancer death among women. I am committed--as I know you are--to finding answers to the questions about possible links between this life-threatening disease and environmental factors.

* We know we are making progress against breast cancer, but we don't yet know enough about what causes it, or how to prevent it.

* Let's make this 2007 Mother's Day the time we step up our investment into the critical search for answers. A bipartisan group of 144 of our colleagues has already cosponsored H.R. 1157. I urge everyone to join that group.

* I hope that this Congress will act on the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act. I believe it's an important piece of the puzzle as we continue the fight to defeat this potential threat to the health and well-being of mothers everywhere.

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