Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement recognizing National Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
“As we mark the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I am proud to support the patients, providers, and advocates who are raising awareness about breast cancer prevention and treatment. When breast cancer is detected early in a localized area, the survival rate is 98 percent. It is clear that early detection through routine screening can be life-changing.
“However, despite tremendous effort to combat this terrible disease, we still have significant work to do in learning how to prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer. In 2018, it is estimated that 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among U.S. women and approximately 2,470 new cases among U.S. men. More than 40,000 will die of the disease this year. In addition to invasive cancers, 63,960 new cases of in situ breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the U.S. in 2018.
“With recent advancements in research and treatment, more and more people have survived cancer and are living longer, healthier lives. This is why I was pleased to again lead the effort to fully fund the Peer-Reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) through the Defense Department’s (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). Over 180 Members of the House of Representatives joined me in advocating for robust funding for Fiscal Year 2019 to support this worthy program, which is a critical tool in the ongoing effort to end breast cancer.
“I commend and applaud the advocates, researchers, survivors, and the men and women who fight breast cancer every day. I will continue to ensure that breast cancer research receives appropriate funding in Congress. Despite Republican attacks to the Affordable Care Act and to those with pre-existing conditions, I also remain more committed than ever to increasing access to affordable healthcare for all. We owe it to these individuals and their families to continue funding this lifesaving research and ensuring they are not denied health coverage.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Democratic Chairman of the Florida Delegation.