Breast Cancer Awareness Month Statement

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Washington, October 1, 2018 | comments
Sunrise, Fla. - U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement to commemorate the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
"The start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a moment to remember the millions of families who have been impacted by this awful disease, and a time to remind friends and loved ones about the importance of early screening and self-exams.

Last year my family and I celebrated 10 years of being breast cancer free. As a survivor, I consider it my responsibility to share my story, and as a Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I consider it my obligation to help make lifesaving resources and information available to those who must battle this disease.

We have a long way to go, of course, but progress is occurring. Last month Congress approved a spending bill that included $130 million for breast cancer research, and $5 million for my initiative, the Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act, or the EARLY Act, which will help increase the quality and quantity of life for young women with breast cancer. This legislation also extended the PALS Act, which I introduced to help ensure young women have access to mammograms starting at age 40. Additionally, I successfully fought for legislation that extended access to mammography for women veterans beginning at age 40 as well.

I was diagnosed when I just 41 years old. So I know how critical it is for women to have the information and tools necessary to make decisions about their breast health. To my sister survivors, I stand with you and will continue to stand up for you and for all those afflicted with the devastating diagnosis that is breast cancer."
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