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International Community Must Continue Efforts To Eliminate Cervical, Breast Cancers

“This week I joined global leaders in Tanzania to launch the latest country to engage with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, a campaign begun in 2011 to fight women’s cancers in sub-Saharan Africa,” Nancy Brinker, the founder and chair of global strategy for Susan G. Komen, writes in a Politico opinion piece. “This program leverages the HIV/AIDS platform [PEPFAR], built under President George W. Bush and sustained under President Obama’s Global Health Initiative — to also screen and treat women for cervical cancer and create an entry point to integrate breast cancer services,” she notes. “As former President [George W.] Bush and Mrs. Bush and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and his wife Salma announce that Tanzania is the latest Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon country, it is worth examining how far we have come in Africa in just a short time,” she states, providing a brief history of the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon program. “Despite this good work, cancer still metastasizes around the globe,” Brinker adds and provides statistics. She concludes, “We have made measurable progress by setting goals and forging a path when others said it was impossible. But as long as women are still dying from breast cancer at a rate of one every 74 seconds, somewhere in the world, we must continue our vital mission to eliminate this terrible disease” (7/3).