October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a strong reminder about the need to focus on early detection and prevention of this terrible disease. (You can see my recent floor speech during a Special Order held by my colleagues who are also breast cancer survivors, Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (D-FL) and Sue Myrick (R-NC) HERE).
Each of us likely knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer. It is the second most common cancer among women, and one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. Additionally, breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death among women in the United States – second only to lung cancer.
Thankfully, there are people fighting every day to battle breast cancer. I was proud to highlight one group in particular, Think Pink Kids, a philanthropic organization started by two young constituents in the 3rd District, in a speech on the House floor earlier this week.
The good news is we are making progress. Breast cancer death rates have been decreasing, and the United States now has over 2.5 million breast cancer survivors.
Moving forward, we must commit to fighting against breast cancer every day. I encourage everyone to take time during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to reflect on the importance of this fight and the need to take action, so that one day we can all stand together and proudly say we’ve defeated this terrible disease.