Cancer Survivor Paints Vision of World Where Cancer is Easily Detected and
WASHINGTON, May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hala Moddelmog, a 6-year cancer survivor and president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R), testified today before a special hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on the need for comprehensive legislation to address the nation's cancer crisis.
Moddelmog, who leads the world's largest breast cancer advocacy
organization, challenged the Senators to unite behind the unique mandate of
defeating cancer. The following are excerpts of her remarks as prepared for
"Past attempts by Congress to address cancer on a comprehensive basis have
perhaps been thwarted by strategies that were overly focused on specific
cancers. In speaking with my colleagues from a number of organizations,
I'm proud that we are here today calling for action now to end for all
time the ugly reality of this disease.
"In fact, early detection is the closest thing we have to a cure in many
cancers today, so it is time to let nothing stand in the way of finding a
cure, of discovering the critical biomarkers that might one day allow us
to detect cancer in a person's body with a simple blood test.
"It is time to unleash the amazing powers of science, technology and
medicine on finding radical new breakthroughs in early detection --
earlier than anything we know or even imagine today. Imagine cancer
detection so early that it can be fought with a simple injection. The
truth is, the treatments we have today do not even reach all Americans, so
as we unleash the science to find the cures, we also must close the gaps.
We must make early detection and personalized treatments available to all.
" ... cancer is an insidious enemy of the American people, but one we can
defeat with the unwavering commitment and courage I know you will show in
this colossal cancer crusade ... cancer is not a partisan issue.
Comprehensive cancer legislation that drives a colossal cancer crusade is
precisely the kind of unique mandate that can, and must, be achieved
without reference to the political calendar.
"As we discover new breakthroughs in early detection and treatments, we
can claim an amazing victory over the scourge of cancer -- and we can
export that success as a demonstration of this country's willpower,
achievement and values. Health diplomacy is enormously powerful. I have
personally seen it in action around the world and have seen how
transformative it can be.
"We do not deny nor do we forget the complexity of this disease -- but
complex, creative, and technologically-driven solutions have made this
great country what it is today."
To view an online copy of Moddelmog's additional testimony as submitted for
the record, visit:
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit http://www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.
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