In an event scheduled for tomorrow at the US Capitol, the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) will ask Congress to approve the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act before lawmakers return home for the November elections. With support from Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) and Dr. Susan Love, NBCC President Fran Visco will also announce two new initiatives to spread the message that pink ribbons are not enough.
“Symbols alone will not eradicate breast cancer. Symbols must be backed by a real commitment from Congress and the public to do the substantive work: finding the cause through research, developing the best treatments, and ensuring access to quality care for all patients,” reads a NBCC statement.
The Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act is a bill that allocates NIH resources for research centers to study the relationship between the environment and breast cancer. Although there is no known cause for breast cancer, many scientists believe that environmental factors – such as specific contaminants produced by gasoline and oil combustion and also found in cigarette smoke and broiled meat – may cause cancerous cells to develop.
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