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Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R), Speaker Dennis O'Brien, Obama and McCain Health Care Advisors, Breast Cancer Survivors and Advocates Call for Needed Health Care Reforms
Date:10/3/2008

h year. At the forum, Komen for the Cure activists called on state policymakers to increase funding for FY2009 by $1 million, which would allow the program to serve an additional 4,000 women.

The hard facts were made clear throughout the event: more than 9,400 women in Pennsylvania will be diagnosed with breast cancer and nearly 2,200 will die this year alone. Nationally, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Tragically, low-income, minority and uninsured women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer after it has already spread beyond the breast, reducing their chances of long-term survival.

Health care advisors from both presidential campaigns -- Dianne Kube representing McCain-Palin and Rebekah Gee, M.D., representing Obama-Biden -- also participated in the event, explaining how their respective candidates would close the gaps in the health care system to ensure every woman has access to early detection and high quality treatment for breast cancer.

"Healthcare policy is a key deciding factor for thousands of Pennsylvanians who will go to the polls to elect our next president," said Grobman. "We are pleased that representatives from both the Obama and McCain campaigns were here today to empower us to be informed voters. We value the education they provided on how their candidates would address the tragic disparities in access to care that exist both in our state and nationally."

Today's event marked the 22nd stop of the Komen Community Challenge, a nationwide campaign to elevate breast cancer on the national agenda and draw attention to disparities in breast cancer mortality.

About the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Formed in 2001, the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure embraces a 13-county service area including: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York Counties in Pennsylvania; Kent, New Cas
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