White House pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Oct 4, 2011
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there are countless events that are taking place throughout the this period in order to raise money to fight this disease and find a cure. This also applies to the White House, as it was illuminated pink on October 3.
Even though there have been millions of dollars raised for this cause, there still needs to be some healthcare policies to ensure that every woman can get checked and receive a mammogram, as this is the most important way to catch the disease early on.
Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, explained that the new health reform law, which will come into effect in 2014, will not allow insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. This will eliminate the problem, as many breast cancer survivors have fallen victim to this system.
According to the American Cancer Society, this disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women behind 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 survivors of this disease in the U.S.