Former first lady Laura Bush has started to raise awareness for cervical and breast cancer in other countries around the world by promoting screenings for these women, according to ABC News.
Bush has teamed up with former U.S. Ambassador Nancy Brinker in the Pink Ribbon
Red Ribbon campaign, which expands availability for screening and treatment of both breast and cervical cancer, according to the media outlet.
"I think it's really important, both for our moral imperative to reach out to people around the world, and I know many Americans agree with that," Bush said on "Good Morning America." "But also I think it's important for our national security to make sure that people don't think we're just standing by while everyone across Africa is dying of something that is treatable or is preventable."
According to American Cancer Society, this disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women in the U.S., following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breakthrough breast cancer news. There are currently 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.