Breast cancer will kill nearly 40,000 women in America this year, making it the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women, but greater awareness about and access to early detection measures can save lives.
The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will join cancer advocates and survivors Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 10:00 a.m. to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month by emphasizing the importance of breast cancer awareness and recognizing the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), which has given low-income, uninsured and underinsured women access to lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings since 1991. The program will perform its historic 10 millionth screening this fall.
The event, featuring Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) leaders and breast cancer survivors, will be held at the Capital Breast Care Center. The Capital Breast Care Center is an initiative of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. It provides comprehensive, culturally appropriate breast cancer screening services and health education to women in the Washington, DC area regardless of their ability to pay.
- Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service
- John Seffrin, PhD, CEO, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
- Christopher W. Hansen, president, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
- Tanya Snyder, breast cancer survivor and wife of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder.
- Dr. Louis Weiner, Director, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Stacey Ferguson, high-risk recipient of cancer screenings through the NBCCEDP
- Notable women in Congress (invited)
When: Tuesday, October 4, 10:00 AM
Where: Capital Breast Care Center, 650 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, 20003. The event will be held in the courtyard area on the first floor of the building.
ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit www.acscan.org.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Christina Saull or Steven Weiss
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
Phone: 202-585-3250 or 202-661-5711
E-mail: Christina.Saull@cancer.org or Steve.Weiss@cancer.org
HHS Press Office: (202) 690-6343