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San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan Cancer Alert Act
Date:4/17/2009

SAN FRANCISCO, April 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) joined Komen for the Cure Affiliates across the country to applaud the introduction of the 21st Century Cancer ALERT (Access to Life-saving Early Detection, Research and Treatment) Act, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

"It's been more than 37 years since our nation first declared war on cancer, and yet we are still facing a significant cancer crisis," said Maria Sousa, Komen San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate Executive Director. "This bill is a key first step towards reigniting the war on cancer. We are especially pleased that this is a bipartisan effort, as cancer doesn't care what party you belong to. We must all work together and let nothing stand in the way of discovering and delivering the cures to cancer."

ALERT stands for Access to Life-saving Early Detection, Research and Treatment:

  • Early Detection -- The ALERT Act will place an emphasis on early detection and promote the discovery and development of biomarkers to detect cancers at the earliest possible stage when cancer is most treatable. The bill also has a particular focus on childhood, rare and high-mortality cancers.
  • Research -- The ALERT Act will strengthen the cancer research process by promoting public-private partnerships and collaboration between government agencies. The bill also has a focus on translational research so new discoveries and breakthroughs in the laboratory make their way to patients' bedsides as quickly as possible.
  • Treatment -- The ALERT Act will improve access to cancer care for underserved populations by expanding access to clini
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SOURCE Susan G. Komen for the Cure San Francisco
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