Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act

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It has been reported that cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and accounted for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008. This year, according to the American Cancer Society, approximately 40,000 Americans will die from breast cancer .

Nationwide, health care costs associated with breast cancer totaled $16.5 billion in 2010 and resulted in $12.1 billion in lost productivity, according to an estimate by the National Cancer Institute.

In response to the growing number of Americans that are dying of breast cancer, legislation was proposed in the House of Representatives and in the Senate to facilitate collaboration in addressing this pressing public health issue.

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H.R.1830 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)

The Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2013 was introduced in the US House of Representatives on May 6th, 2013 by Representative Capito and Shelley Moore.

The Act directs the President to establish the Commission to Accelerate the End of Breast Cancer to help end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. The Commission to Accelerate the End of Breast Cancer fills a void in federal research efforts by facilitating collaboration between agencies, disciplines, and sectors, and by highlighting promising research pathways that are not currently prioritized or funded.

Further, the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2013 directs the Commission to: (1) identify opportunities and ideas within government and the private sector that are key components in achieving the end of breast cancer and which have been overlooked, yet are ripe for collaboration and investment; (2) recommend projects to leverage such opportunities and ideas in the areas of the primary prevention of breast cancer and the causes and prevention of breast cancer metastasis; and (3) ensure that its activities are coordinated with, and do not duplicate the efforts of, programs and laboratories of other government agencies.

The afore-referenced Act, also directs the President to enter into an agreement with the Institute of Medicine for an evaluation of the Commission’s progress. In the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2013, the Commission terminates on June 1, 2020.

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865: Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act

U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) cosponsored bipartisan legislation, Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act, to create a national commission dedicated to advancing breast cancer research and ending breast cancer by 2020. In the Senate, efforts to pass the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act is led by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.). The bill has thirty bipartisan cosponsors in the Senate and a House companion bill has one hundred and ninety-two cosponsors.

Like the House version of the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2013, it establishes the Commission to Accelerate the End of Breast Cancer to help end breast cancer by January 1, 2020.

The legislation directs the Commission to identify, recommend, and promote initiatives, partnerships, and research within the public and private sectors, basic and applied sciences, and epidemiology that can be turned into strategies to prevent breast cancer and breast cancer metastasis while giving priority to those that are: (1) not prioritized within the public sector, and (2) unlikely to be achieved by the private sector due to technical and financial uncertainty.

It requires the Commission to: (1) submit within six months to the President and to the relevant congressional committees a description of the Commission’s strategic plan; (2) submit an annual report to the President, Congress, and the public; and (3) ensure that its activities are coordinated with, and do not duplicate the efforts of, programs and laboratories of other government agencies.

Further, it directs the President to enter into an agreement with the Institute of Medicine to evaluate the Commission’s progress. The Commission terminates on June 1, 2020.

Sources: www.congress.gov. Congressional Research Service (CRS) created the summary of the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2013. CRS is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress. U.S. Senator Chris Coons’ website.

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