Advocate for Change
Susan G. Komen’s national advocacy agenda includes issues important to the breast cancer community, including:
- Protecting federal funding for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), to ensure all women have access to potentially lifesaving breast cancer screening;
- Ensuring continued federal investment in biomedical research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and
- Requiring insurance companies to provide coverage for oral anti-cancer drugs on a basis that is no less favorable than what’s already provided for intravenously administered chemotherapy, to protect patients from high out-of-pocket costs.
Locally, Komen Puget Sound and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) have been working together to ensure continued funding of key breast cancer early detection and treatment programs and to make cancer control a top priority in Washington State.
On January 17, 2017, we will team up with ACS CAN to make our voices heard. Along with cancer survivors, caregivers, physicians and nurses, advocates from across Washington will come together to safeguard our Washington State Breast, Cervical and Colon Cancer Program (BCCHP).
Today, hundreds of people across Washington are waiting to get the breast cancer early detection and treatment services they need. Without increased funding, these women and men will not the recommended mammogram, diagnostics follow-up or biopsy procedures prescribed by their doctors.