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					FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Erica B. Stelling, Director of Public Relations and Marketing
Susan G. Komen for the Cure St. Louis Affiliate
314-569-3900 (O)
estelling@komenstlouis.org

  Local Breast Cancer Survivors and Advocates Join Hundreds from Across the
                 Country to Press for Renewed War on Cancer
            Advocates Press Congress on Health Care Access, Education and Research

ST. LOUIS, MO - May 5, 2009 – Members of the St. Louis Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
traveled to the nation’s capital April 30, to join nearly 300 Komen for the Cure advocates from across the
country to call on Congress to reignite the nation’s war on cancer. While on Capitol Hill for the day, the
Komen St. Louis Affiliate delegation met with Legislative Assistants from the offices of Congressman Wm.
Lacy Clay, Congressman W. Todd Akin, Congressman Russ Carnahan, Congressman Roy Blunt,
Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer and Congressman Jerry Costello
and joined other delegations from across Missouri to meet with the Office of Senator Claire McCaskill.

         “It’s been more than 35 years since our nation first declared war on cancer, and yet we are still
facing a significant cancer crisis,” said Kathy Prainito, Lobby Day Advocate. “This week’s push on Capitol
Hill should impress upon our elected leaders that the time to renew our commitment to this fight has
come.”

         The Komen advocates noted that cancer will claim the lives of more than a half million people this
year – about 1,500 people a day. In all, 40 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some
point in their lives, including approximately 1.4 million new cases this year alone.

         In addition to pushing for a greater investment in cancer research, the delegation highlighted two
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recently introduced bills – the 21 Century Cancer ALERT ACT and the Breast Cancer EARLY Act – that
tackle the cancer crisis in several important ways, which together will help save lives and get us closer to
discovering and delivering the cures to cancer. “In 1971, the first war on cancer was declared in the
United States. It is now time for a full out second war on cancer by bringing together the early detection
science and education that has been developed over the past 30 years, ensuring that public-private
partnerships are formed to ensure that all research is available and being shared, and seeing that the
best and most appropriate treatment is made available to everyone. It is now time that cancer goes the
way of polio,” said Patrick Morgan, Public Policy Chair of the St. Louis Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the
Cure®.

        Introduced by Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Diane
Feinstein (D-CA), the Cancer ALERT Act, which stands for Access to Life-saving Early Detection,
Research and Treatment, focuses on:
        Early Detection, by placing an emphasis on access to early detection tools available today and
         promoting the discovery and development of biomarkers to detect cancers in the future at the
         earliest possible stage when cancer is most treatable.
        Research, by promoting public-private partnerships and collaboration between government
         agencies. The bill also has a focus on translational research so new discoveries and
         breakthroughs in the laboratory make their way to patients’ bedsides as quickly as possible.
        Treatment, by expanding access to clinical trials, patient navigation services, and screening and
         treatment for colorectal cancer, which together will improve access to cancer care for
         underserved populations.
        The Breast Cancer EARLY Act, which stands for Education and Awareness Requires Learning
Young, is an effort to inspire young women to take control of their breast health. Introduced recently by
Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who unveiled her own story of survival, and
numerous co-sponsors, the EARLY Act will initiate an aggressive public education campaign about breast
cancer and women under age 40 – with an emphasis on women at higher risk due to their race, ethnicity
or genetic heritage. Komen for the Cure supports this bill as part of its ongoing effort at promoting overall
breast self awareness (BSA). As stated by Lottie Farahh, Lobby Day Advocate and Breast Cancer
Survivor, “The EARLY Act will save many lives through greater efforts to educate young women to take
an active role in their breast healthcare. This knowledge and action is critical to these young women as
breast cancer in younger women tends to be more aggressive and all too often not caught until it is far
more advanced.” For more information on BSA visit www.komen.org

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About Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Komen St. Louis Affiliate
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. The St. Louis Affiliate of Komen for the Cure is working to better the lives
of those facing breast cancer in the local community joining more than 1 million breast cancer survivors
and activists around the globe as part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network
fighting breast cancer. Through events like the Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure®, the St. Louis Affiliate
has invested over $10 million in community breast health programs in 18 counties in Eastern Missouri
and Southwestern Illinois. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in the St.
Louis area. The remaining income goes to the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program to
fund research. For more information, call 314-569-3900 or visit www.komenstlouis.org.

				
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