Susan G. Komen® recognizes that, in order to achieve its mission, scientific progress must be complemented by sound legislative and regulatory policy. Through government action, broad, systemic, lasting change can be made in the fight against breast cancer. This means that Komen—as a patient advocacy organization with first-hand knowledge of how breast cancer touches local communities—must engage policymakers and government as partners in our efforts to end breast cancer forever.
As the nonpartisan voice of more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors and the people who love them, Susan G. Komen believes all women and men in the United States have a right to timely, affordable, high-quality breast health services. As we transition to a new administration and the 115th Congress, we must ensure our policymakers are educated about the needs of breast cancer patients and the importance of preserving critical patient protections. Based on our 35 years of experience in advocating for breast health and cancer services, funding research, and providing community education, Komen is in a unique position to enhance and strengthen the health care landscape for all women.
Komen stands behind the following Breast Cancer Bill of Rights and urges Congress to preserve and strengthen patient protections for the women and men we serve:
Breast Cancer Bill of Rights
- ACCESS: Breast cancer patients and survivors have a right to continuous, affordable, quality and accessible health insurance coverage.
- CLINICAL TRIALS: Breast cancer patients should be educated about clinical trials opportunities and patients who participate in a clinical trial have a right to coverage of routine health care costs.
- EARLY DETECTION: Every woman has a right to access the most effective, evidence-based breast cancer screening and diagnostic tools that may save her life.
- FINANCIAL STABILITY: Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have a right to fight the disease without fear of bankruptcy.
- HIGH QUALITY: Every woman has a right to high-quality care, no matter where she seeks medical services.
- INNOVATION: All Americans have a right to a government that makes investment in cancer research a national priority.
- PATIENT EDUCATION: Every woman has a right to make informed decisions and control her own health.
- RECONSTRUCTION: Breast cancer survivors have a right to insurance coverage for full mastectomy care, including reconstruction or prosthesis.
- STRONG SAFETY NET: Uninsured and underinsured women have a right to a strong breast health care safety net.
- TIMELY CARE: Every woman who has an abnormal mammogram has a right to a diagnosis and treatment, if needed, without delay.