That’s the number of women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime according to the American Cancer Society. As Chairwoman of the House Health Committee, we confront sobering statistics like this far too often. Too many of us know someone who has been afflicted with this terrible disease – including my aunt and sister-in-law who are both survivors of breast cancer.

As an elected official it is important to go beyond the statistics and craft policies that truly help Arizonans. Over the past 7 years, I have worked with patients, healthcare providers and other elected officials to pass common sense legislation benefiting patients in Arizona. I’ve led the charge to ensure cancer patients and others fighting chronic conditions have access to life-saving medications through the passage of the FACT Act in 2014; medication synchronization in 2015; and biosimilars in 2016.

For years non-profit groups and healthcare organizations have united to call attention to this issue by organizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month. These inspiring organizations dedicate October to raising awareness for research funding, early detection, education, screening and support for women who have been diagnosed.

By working together we can raise awareness, fight back and celebrate even more breast cancer survivors.

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