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Susan G. Komen Founder: Research Funding Still Lacking

By    |   Friday, 13 Mar 2015 01:33 PM

A lot of progress has been made in the field of breast cancer, but there is still not enough money to fund the needed research, said Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

"Massive gains have been made and the greatest thing that you'll see coming forward are all the new therapies and diagnostics and our ability to not only diagnose but treat this disease very early and very aggressively, turning it into a chronic disease, a manageable disease," Brinker told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Friday.

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"What has surprised me is the number of people in this country and globally who have come together under the banner of Susan G. Komen," she explained. "When we started this journey, the survival rate of people with breast cancer, very early breast cancer, five years from diagnosis was only 74 percent. Today it's 99 percent in America."

"We're making astonishing gains in treating metastatic disease," said Bringer, author of "Promise Me: How a Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer".

Brinker said that when she started Susan G. Komen, named after her older sister who died from breast cancer in 1980, she thought she could find a cure for cancer "in about five years."

Even though it has "taken the rest of my life," she said, "I am so thrilled with the journey we're on now and where we are."

When she first started Susan G. Komen "there was so much money in this country and the will to do it. But very little science, I came to find out.

"Now what we have just to flip it over, we have the most elegant, fabulous science in the world in America and not enough money to fund it," she explained.

Even though a lot has been accomplished, Brinker said that she mostly sees "what remains to be done."

Brinker also served as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary from 2001 to 2003.

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