Capito bill seeks to help end to breast cancer


Special to the Herald-Star

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito has introduced legislation seeking to stop deaths from breast cancer by 2020.

“Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act,” House Resolution 1830, seemed appropriate as Mother’s Day approached, according to Capito, R-Charleston. She said Ruth Capito, mother of her husband Charles Capito, died at the age of 50 before the Capitos were married.

“It was a long time ago,” Capito said. “But my children grew up missing a grandmother, and, of course, I never had a relationship with my mother-in-law. Her death always made an impression on me because of the sadness my husband’s family had to endure.”

The legislation would direct the president to establish the Commission to Accelerate the End of Breast Cancer, whose mission would be to end breast cancer by Jan. 1, 2020. The commission would include representatives of biomedical research, business, breast cancer advocacy and other related and unrelated disciplines.

Capito said the commission would identify revolutionary opportunities in breast cancer research and target public and private sector funding for the work.

Worldwide, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women with 1.3 million cases each year. It is also the leading cause of cancer deaths among women, with more than 500,000 women dying from the disease in 2010, according to the National Cancer Institute. It also estimates that breast cancer care in the United States cost $16.5 billion in 2009, and cost the nation $12.1 billion in lost productivity.