Washington Life Magazine
Washington Life Magazine


As Americans, we should share an important national priority: namely, finding the cure for cancer. This disease killed my sister, Susan G. Komen, three decades ago, and it kills more than 600,000 people annually. More than 40,000 people in the U.S. alone die of breast cancer each year.

Cancer claims more people in one year than all the wars of the 20th century combined. Cancer kills more people each year than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. In spite of these startling figures, our nation has become complacent about cancer and seemingly unconcerned about the slow pace of progress being made.

As an advocate and founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s most progressive breast cancer organization, I have made it my life’s work to ensure that finding a cure for cancer becomes a national priority.

Good news: a report earlier this year cited a decrease in the number of overall cancer deaths in the United States. The fact that screening can make a difference was once again confirmed. Advances in treatments combined with early detection have led to a drop in cancer mortality rates. More people are becoming breast cancer survivors.

But Komen is not letting its guard down; in fact, we’re pressing even harder for policy change and increased funding for research. We’re addressing systems barriers so that quality care is available to all people with breast cancer. We’ll continue to push for the availability and affordability of regular mammography screening, so that cancers are caught earlier when they are most treatable.

We’ll work to ensure that everyone has access to screening and quality treatment. The drop in incidence and mortality is not reported equally across all population groups, and this is very troubling news. We’re funding research to find what causes breast cancer, so we can then find ways to prevent it. We’re funding research to develop new and even more accurate early detection methods, to explore new treatments and to address disparities in order to save more lives. The cancer battle is far from over, and it’s time for all of us to combat our nation’s disheartening culture of complacency. If anything, we all must fight harder to capitalize on the momentum that has begun, so we can ultimately experience a world without breast cancer.
– Nancy G. Brinker


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