Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said today that despite the findings of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, further research into the potential environmental causes of breast cancer is needed. Pelosi was responding to a new report from the CDC which indicated breast cancer rates in the San Francisco Bay Area had decreased since 1987. The study was requested by Rep. Pelosi last year.
"The CDC findings are encouraging," Pelosi said, "but they must not make us complacent about local cancer rates or the potential link between the environment and breast cancer and other cancers. The CDC study is a starting point for closer monitoring of local cancer rates and further national research on cancer and the environment."
The CDC review concluded that the incidence of invasive breast cancer in the San Francisco Bay Area is now comparable to other areas in the United States which track these rates. In addition, the review found that higher reported Bay Area breast cancer rates in the mid-1980s were likely due in part to higher use of mammography in the region.
Pelosi announced she is requesting two new studies. As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Pelosi is working to include language in the Appropriations Bill Report which directs the National Academy of Sciences to study the status of scientific knowledge on the environmental causes of breast cancer, and identify research needs and establish research priorities in this area.
In addition, Pelosi has requested that the General Accounting Office do a comprehensive review of federal environmental health research activities. She is joined by Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Patsy Mink (D-HI), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), and Maxine Waters (D-CA) in requesting this study.
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Pelosi has championed funding increases at the Environmental Health Lab and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, both at the CDC.
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