Fighting breast cancer

 

U.S. Reps. Frederica Wilson and Joe Garcia have given a wonderful Mother’s Day gift to the women they represent, and those who love them, by signing on as cosponsors of the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act . It is part of the Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 campaign of the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

The focus of this campaign is to have acquired knowledge as to how to end breast cancer by Jan. 1, 2020.

In 1991, 119 women died of breast cancer every day. More than 20 years and billions of research dollars later, that number is 108. That is one death — a mother, grandmother, aunt, sister or daughter — every 14 minutes.

In 2014, almost 40,000 women and 400 men will die of breast cancer. Breast cancer kills more women, globally, than any other cancer. This is unacceptable.

Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 places an emphasis on prevention, rather than screening and treatment. The first goal is to determine how a vaccine can be created, and the second goal is to determine how to prevent metastatic breast cancer, from which 90 percent of breast-cancer deaths occur.

Both Reps. Garcia and Wilson are to be congratulated for believing that it is important to undertake more innovative and collaborative methods of cross-disciplinary research in a fiscally responsible and accountable program.

Kudos to their commitment to the women’s health of their constituents on this Mother’s Day!

Nan Van Den Bergh, North Miami

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