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by U.S. Senator Dean Heller

The Fight for a Cure is All Year Long 

 U.S. Senator Dean Heller
U.S. Senator Dean Heller

From sporting pink ribbons to participating in walks across the country, Breast Cancer Awareness Month has quickly become a national tradition, where mothers and daughters, and friends and family, work to bring awareness to a horrible disease that has touched far too many Americans, including my own family.

And although this month has now concluded, there’s still a lot of work to be done as thousands of more women – and even some men – will be diagnosed with the disease this year.

In fact, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 252,700 new cases of breast cancer among U.S. women for 2017 alone, including 2,000 Nevadans. And although far less common, the group also projects an added 2,400 American men also will be diagnosed.

That’s why I strongly believe that our fight for a cure, and to provide topquality resources to prevent more cases, continues all year long.

During my time in Congress, I’m honored to have helped push several meaningful bills into law to help combat breast cancer, including a bill that boosts federal research efforts, and another measure that reauthorized a key program to provide screenings and mammograms for lowincome women.

Experts agree that early detection is critical to survival, but for rural states like Nevada, access to screenings can prove to be a challenge. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to ensure continued access to breast cancer screenings in underserved areas in the United States. I authored the Mobile Mammography Promotion Act, which helps mobile mammography units or “mammovans” serve women in Nevada and across the country.

I’ve also supported legislation to create a commission comprised of researchers, advocates and business leaders to develop strategies and initiatives to eradicate breast cancer.

year, the 21st Century Cures Act, legislation I strongly supported, was signed into law by President Obama. The sweeping bill expands critical investments in medical research to find a cure for all different cancers as well as Alzheimer’s.

But despite these federal efforts – and achievements – I know that we can’t stop here.

As a father, husband, and grandfather I want to make sure I’m doing all I can to eliminate breast cancer once and for all. This isn’t a women’s issue – it is a public health issue, and one where Republicans and Democrats can find common ground.

Every young girl should be spared from watching their mother, daughter, or grandmother battle this disease. And every American woman should be spared from the disease entirely.

In my role as your U.S. Senator, rest assured I will continue this fight all year round. With enough resources, and more bipartisan action from Congress, I know that cure is within our reach.