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Former President George W. Bush travels to Africa to spread cancer awareness

Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush will be traveling to Africa to spread awareness of both breast cancer and cervical cancer during the first week of December, according to The Associated Press.

Bush will be contributing to the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative, which helps expand screenings for both breast cancer and cervical cancer to sub-Saharan Africa.

"We believe it's in our nation's interest to deal with disease and set priorities and save lives," Bush told the news source.

Bush added that this is the type of work he wants to be involved with for the reminder of his life, as he and Laura want to contribute to public policy, the media outlet reports.

According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. 
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