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Focus on ending the disease

To The Editor:

Thanks to The Valley Reporter for the excellent and timely editorial regarding the Komen-Planned Parenthood brouhaha published in the February 2 edition of our weekly community paper.

On Sunday, I was also following the online Super Bowl Twitter Campaign: #Take Back the Pink #SuperCure. That Twitter action was interesting to read, as was further online research, all of which compelled me to send this letter in order to share some resources and links with readers of this newspaper.

I’d like to help sway the local conversation and action back to what should be the focus: access to and affordability of quality health care for all—women and men—and the eradication of breast cancer (and all cancers and life-altering diseases).

As to breast cancer, specifically, the focus should be on accelerating the end of this insidious disease that has impacted far too many lives in various ways.

There are many organizations doing great work—but the National Breast Cancer Coalition is one of them taking the lead, setting a deadline and a goal of eradicating breast cancer by 2020. The NBCC is comprised of hundreds of like-minded organizations and literally tens of thousands of grassroots advocates.

Please read the following articles and check out these websites on the internet:

Breast Cancer Awareness: Why We Need to Change our Tune


The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) website www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org


There is a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R.3067: Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer. As of February 6, Rep. Peter Welch’s name is not yet showing on the list of co-sponsors. I emailed him on February 3 and asked him to please sign—or to tell me why not. Please do the same. He needs to hear from everyone who cares about moving this forward.

Remember to "Think Before You Pink," meaning before you buy something with a pink label or ribbon or colored product supposedly going towards a breast cancer organization or related program do some research. Do your “homework” before you spend your hard-earned money. The "Think Before You Pink" website has helpful tips. This is a program from the Breast Cancer Action group (BCA), another prominent voice. thinkbeforeyoupink.org/?page_id=13

If we can eradicate breast cancer, the related research and science may very well spill over to the other forms of cancer.

Gail Breslauer


Grassroots advocate and activist for the eradication of breast cancer (supporter and former board member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition).




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