Sending Office: Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Sent By:
Natalie.Litton@mail.house.gov

Continue Educating Young Women About Breast Cancer – Cosponsor H.R. 4078

Become a Cosponsor of the EARLY Act

Supporting Groups:

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American College of Radiology, Black Women’s Health Imperative, Breast Friends, Bright Pink, FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Moffitt Cancer Center,
National Black Nurses Association, National Consortium of Breast Centers, National Hispanic Medical Association, Oncology Nursing Society, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Sharsheret, Susan G. Komen, Tigerlily Foundation, and Young Survival Coalition

Dear Colleague,

After nine years of successful implementation, it is now time to reauthorize the Breast Health Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act, or the EARLY Act. We hope you will consider joining us as a cosponsor of this important, bipartisan, bicameral,
breast health law for young women!

The EARLY Act, first enacted during the 111th Congress, focuses on a central tenet: that we must empower young women to understand their bodies and speak up for their health. Too many women and their healthcare practitioners think breast cancer doesn’t happen
to younger women, but the hard truth is that more than 26,000 women under age 45 are diagnosed with this deadly disease each year. Too often, the breast cancer is a more aggressive form and is caught later than it should.

The EARLY Act created a crucial education and outreach campaign which is administered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and highlights breast cancer risks facing young women while empowering them with the tools they need to fight
this disease.

The CDC has already accomplished incredible work: identifying where the gaps exist in education and awareness among young women and healthcare providers about breast health; supporting young survivors through grants to organizations focused on helping these
survivors cope with the many unique challenges they face, including fertility preservation, and long-term survivorship challenges; as well as implementing a targeted media campaign, through innovative social media efforts, to reach women at the highest risks.
This legislation will enable the CDC to continue this life saving work. This legislation would authorize $9 million annually.

It was humbling that 378 House colleagues joined in cosponsoring this law in the 111th Congress and we would be thrilled to have you join us now in reauthorizing the EARLY Act so we can continue the important work of educating future generations of young
women, equipping them with tools to take control of their own breast health, and helping all survivors live long, productive lives. To cosponsor, please contact Natalie Litton in Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s office at
Natalie.Litton@mail.house.gov or Erin McMenamin in Rep. Brooks’ office at
Erin.McMenamin@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

Debbie Wasserman Schultz                                         Susan W. Brooks

Member of Congress                                                   Member of Congress

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