Representative Wasserman Schultz Launches Breast Cancer Prevention Bill
Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) announced legislation that aims to promote early detection and education of breast cancer this week after disclosing that she privately battled breast cancer last year.
According to a press release from Wasserman Schultz's office, the Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act (EARLY Act) "directs the Centers for Disease Control to develop and implement a national education campaign to increase awareness of the threats posed by breast cancer in young women of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and the particular heightened risks faced by certain groups. The campaign will help young women and providers identify the specific threats and warning signs of breast cancer that lead to early diagnoses, and prevention efforts women can undertake to reduce their risks."
Wasserman Schultz said in a separate press release that "Some people might say I was lucky. While I certainly was fortunate enough to have access to good health care, I didn't find my tumor early because of luck. I found my tumor early because of knowledge and awareness. I knew that I should perform breast self-exams, and I was aware of what my body was supposed to feel like. We need to ensure that every young woman in America can rely on more than luck. Their survival depends on it."
Media Resources: Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz Press Release 3/22/09, 3/23/09