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Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) Advocacy Alliance Suggests Questions for Vice Presidential Debate
Date:10/2/2008

Forum Provides Campaigns Opportunity to Address Critical Issues During

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

DALLAS, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- As PBS anchor Gwen Ifill prepares to moderate the sole debate between vice presidential candidates Sen. Joe Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) Advocacy Alliance suggested Ifill reserve time for an issue that is both timely and critically important to a majority of the electorate -- breast cancer.

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"Breast cancer touches each of us in some way, and discovering and delivering its cures should be a national priority," said Shelley Fuld Nasso, director of public policy for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Advocacy Alliance. "Voters deserve to hear how the candidates would address this critical issue -- and what better time than the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month?"

The Komen Advocacy Alliance suggests Ifill pose the following questions:

1. The federal investment in cancer control programs has remained flat over the past five years, resulting in a decline in real dollars. What would your administration do to close the existing gaps in the health care system and ensure every woman has access to timely, high-quality breast health care, including cancer screening and treatment for breast cancer?

2. Economic and social inequalities persist within and across racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. What would your administration do to reduce the disparities that exist in health status?

3. What will you do to ensure the U.S. does not lose momentum in biomedical research into chronic diseases, such as cancer, and that new and innovative medical advances quickly make their way from the laboratory benches to patients' besides?

4. What will your administration do to make hig
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