Fitzpatrick: Breast Cancer Awareness Shouldn’t End After October
LANGHORNE, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Thursday marking the end of Breast Cancer Awareness month and calling for continued research and funding:
“Today may be the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness month, but the goal of eradicating this disease must be a year round commitment.
Each year, approximately 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer- for them the battle does not end when the pink ribbons go away. In their honor, we must recommit ourselves to finding a cure and making sure every man, woman or family affected by this disease has the treatment they deserve.
As the son and brother of breast cancer survivors, and a cancer survivor myself, I understand the importance of legislation and funding that leads to increased care, better treatments, and ultimately, a cure. To that end I’ve been proud to work with leaders on both sides of the aisle to make sure we’re best utilizing research dollars for breast cancer, to increase funding to the National Institutes of Health, and to pass common sense bills that increase the quality of life and care for patients and survivors.
Join me in making every month pink and doing all we can to put an end to breast cancer.”
Fitzpatrick has been an advocate for breast cancer research and awareness throughout the 113th Congress, sponsoring bipartisan pieces of legislation to increase the quality of life and care for those affected by breast cancer:
- Fitzpatrick is a co-lead sponsor on the Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act [H.R. 3403] which would update the information women and their health care providers receive after a mammogram to include information about the patient’s relative breast density. Studies have shown that women with dense breast tissue are at least four times more likely to develop breast cancer while also more likely to have an inaccurate mammogram readings.
- In May, Fitzpatrick reintroduced the Breast Cancer Recovery Improvement Act [H.R. 1902] which would change Medicare policy to give beneficiaries meaningful access to critical doctor- prescribed post-surgical camisoles, or garments, following breast cancer surgery. Learn more HERE
- Additionally, Fitzpatrick is a co-sponsor of the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2013 [H.R. 1830], which creates a commission comprised of the best minds in biomedical research, business, breast cancer advocacy and other related and unrelated disciplines to perform a vital “check and balance” to help ensure our limited research dollars are funding the most promising science in the area of breast cancer. Fitzpatrick has also been an advocate of increased funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), supporting $32 billion to the NIH for fiscal year 2014.
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.