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Addressing Breast Cancer Requires Global Efforts

The Hill: Breast cancer is not just a U.S. problem, but a global one
Celina Schocken, CEO of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, and Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen

“…Breast cancer is the leading cause of women’s cancer deaths around the world. It is not a U.S. or a developed country problem; it is a global problem. … Many, if not most, breast cancer cases are treatable … But in Africa, surviving a breast cancer diagnosis is rare. Very few women have access to mammograms, or even a simple clinical breast exam. … We can change this, and we have the tools. … Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is a public-private partnership working in Africa and South America to address women’s cancers. Founded by the Bush Institute, the U.S. government through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS), and Susan G. Komen, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon works with governments and nonprofits to scale up access to detection and treatment for breast and cervical cancer. The approach is working, but more is needed. … We have a duty to help women around the world and ensure they don’t die from this treatable disease. Now is the time to act” (10/14).

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