Success on Capitol Hill! Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act Introduced in the Senate

NBCC grassroots membership has power and passion and they have proven it once again. While many others despair of progress in Washington because of bipartisan gridlock, NBCC pushed forward with its agenda and NBCC advocates prevailed. In early May, NBCC hosted its Annual Advocate Summit which drew more than 600 attendees from across the country. The event culminated in a lobby day which included more than 400 meetings on the Hill. During those meetings, advocates highlighted the urgency behind the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act

As a result of those NBCC lobby day meetings, on May 25, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), along with Senators Grassley (R-IA), Brown (D-OH), Collins (R-ME), Shaheen (D-NH), Murkowski (R-AK), Warner (D-VA) and Heller (R-NV), introduced the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act (S. 3237). This companion legislation in the Senate is similar to the House bill, HR 3067

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“This nation has made a significant investment in biomedical research and specifically in breast cancer that has brought us to the point where we can apply our knowledge and finally end breast cancer. This bill is vital to that effort,” said Fran Visco, President of NBCC and a 24-year breast cancer survivor in apress release issued immediately following the introduction of this legislation.

As detailed in our 2011 Progress Report, we know little about how to prevent breast cancer or how to prevent deaths from the disease.  And while we have discovered new ways to treat breast cancer, they have not had a great effect on the important outcomes: preventing breast cancer and making certain no one dies of it.

S. 3237 focuses on these two areas: the primary prevention of breast cancer and preventing breast cancer metastasis—the spread of the disease to other parts of the body, which is responsible for more than 90 percent of breast cancer deaths.  It creates the Commission to Accelerate the End of Breast Cancer comprised of several carefully selected representatives of biomedical research, business, breast cancer advocacy, and other related and unrelated disciplines, who have demonstrated an ability to be innovative, creative and strategic.

If you live in a state that is represented by one of the Senators who introduced our legislation, please be sure to thank them. If you live in a different state, please call the offices of your Senators and ask to speak to the Legislative Assistant (LA) for Health Issues. Tell the Health LA that you urge your Senator to co-sponsor the bipartisan Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act, S. 3237.

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One Response to “Success on Capitol Hill! Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act Introduced in the Senate”
  1. Like Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® and the House bill, S. 3237 focuses on the primary prevention of breast cancer and preventing breast cancer metastasis. It also creates the Commission to Accelerate the End of Breast Cancer which would be tasked with identifying promising opportunities, tools, technology and ideas not currently being prioritized for breast cancer by the public and private sectors, but which, taken together and applied to this issue, hold true promise in ending breast cancer.

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