Congressman Pete King Honored By West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition
On Sunday, I had the privilege of speaking at a luncheon and being honored by the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition held at Captain Bill's Restaurant in Bay Shore. Breast cancer is a deadly disease with almost 250,000 new cases being diagnosed each year. Virtually everyone has a relative, friend or neighbor who has been stricken with breast cancer. (I remember the concern in my family when my own mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, her cancer was detected at an early stage. She was successfully treated and lived another 21 years with no recurrence of cancer.) During my time in Congress I have consistently supported increased research and access to screening and diagnostic mammographies. Much progress has been made in the struggle against breast cancer but more must be done. At the luncheon I thanked and congratulated the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition for its untiring efforts and dedication toward finding a cure for breast cancer, particularly its advocacy of legislation (HR 1197) to establish a governmental-private sector commission to find a cure for breast cancer by 2020. Along with more than 265 Members of Congress I am a co-sponsor of this legislation and am committed to getting it passed and signed into law as early as possible. This bill will not require any additional funds and will focus on using existing technologies and research to prevent breast cancer and its metastasis. This is war which must be won!