SAMPLE letter to Rep Mel Watt 12th dist, NC

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                                   The Honorable Melvin Watt
                                   2236 Rayburn HOB
                                   Washington, DC 20515-3312
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The Honorable Melvin Watt
2236 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-3312

Dear Representative Watt:
I’m writing in support of the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act (S.459). In America, there are
more than 2.4 million women living with breast cancer. In 2007, more than 178,000 new cases of
invasive breast cancer were diagnosed. There is hardly a person in the nation who isn’t related to
or who doesn't know someone who is affected by this terrible disease. My own grandmother had
two mastectomies, decades apart. Breast cancer surgeries are perilous, causing extreme
Forcing women to leave the hospital too soon after surgery is painful, demeaning and potentially
dangerous. Many women live too far from their medical center to return quickly if there are
complications. And the jostling of a car ride can be agonizing and hazardous, sometimes causing
incisions to tear and bleed. I recently underwent a procedure that required an incision in the chest
area and I can attest to the misery involved in riding home in a car with sutures in my chest. The
speed bumps in the hospital parking lot were especially murderous.
         Despite conclusive scientific and medical evidence that it takes a minimum of two to four
          days to recuperate and gain physical and emotional strength after breast cancer surgeries,
          hospitals are sending women home too soon because of insurance company directives.
         This bill will provide breast cancer patients a minimum hospital stay of 48 hours for a
          woman having a mastectomy, and 24 hours for undergoing lymph node removal.
The Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act would help ensure that these patients will have
adequate medical and emotional support after this painful and traumatic procedure.
I urge you to join me in supporting this bill, and I hope you will encourage your colleagues in the
Senate to act quickly to get this bill to the President's desk.


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cc:       President Barack Obama
          Sen. Kay Hagan
          Sen. Richard Burr

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