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Komen Travels to Republican Convention to Raise Awareness of Breast Cancer Issues
Date:9/1/2008

DALLAS, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R), the leader of the global breast cancer movement, and its sister organization, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Advocacy Alliance, are traveling to Minneapolis to educate attendees of the Republican National Convention about breast self awareness and to advocate for increased access to screening and treatment for the uninsured and underinsured.

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Komen for the Cure's presence at the GOP convention is centered around Komen on the Go(TM), a mobile experience that educates and engages people of all ages in the breast cancer movement where they live, work and play. The Komen on the Go cruiser will be located at the Minneapolis Convention Center as part of the host committee's CivicFest. Komen on the Go will arrive at CivicFest on Sunday, Aug. 31, following their appearance in Denver for the Democratic National Convention.

The Komen Advocacy Alliance is partnering with Komen on the Go to challenge candidates to make the fight against cancer a national priority. Komen Advocacy Alliance volunteers will be stationed with the Komen on the Go cruiser, gathering signatures for its I Vote for the Cure(TM) petition. I Vote for the Cure urges candidates to address three achievable goals that will save lives and help end breast cancer forever:

ENERGIZE RESEARCH -- Increase investment in translational research, which is essential to ensuring that scientific discoveries made in the laboratory reach cancer patients as quickly as possible.

INCREASE SCREENING ACCESS -- Provide every low-income, uninsured, and underinsured woman in America access to early detection by fully funding the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection program by 2012.

ENSURE TREATMENT FOR ALL -- Ensure that all women diagnosed with breast cancer have access to high quality treatment.

1 in 8 American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2008 alone, an estimated 40,930 women and men will die in the U.S. from breast cancer. 2.5 million breast cancer survivors and their families want breast cancer to be a priority. 90 percent of voters want the federal government to pay more attention to breast cancer research and access to screening and quality treatment for all, according to a survey commissioned by the Komen Advocacy Alliance. Yet amazingly, nearly 90 percent also said they were unaware of their preferred presidential candidate's position on issues relating to breast cancer. Visit http://www.IVoteforthecure.org for more information.

What You'll Find at Susan G. Komen On the Go:

-- Pink interactive learning center

-- Hands-on computer kiosks chock full of info on the breast cancer

movement

-- Life-saving recommendations about breast health awareness

-- Useful instruction such as how to do a breast self-exam

-- Inspirational videos

-- Eight-foot "graffiti wall" for sharing memories or pledging support for

the cause

-- Practical info on volunteering in your area

-- Local Komen Race for the Cure details

-- Tips on supporting loved ones facing breast cancer


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SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure Advocacy Alliance
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