Help Avert Looming Cancer Threat in Japan

Help us avert the potential cancer crisis in JapanWe are all devastated by the ongoing crisis in Japan. More than 70 nations have opened their hearts and wallets to assist with food, medicine and dollars.  But humanitarian assistance takes many forms, and the global cancer community has a vital role to play to help address a looming cancer crisis caused by the nuclear accidents in Japan.

You can help us in our efforts to avert this potential cancer crisis.  As leader of the world’s largest breast cancer organization, I am calling on global cancer leaders to develop a cancer action plan – today — for Japan.  I need your support to show that we are all unified for the people of Japan, and for those who may be affected by nuclear accidents today and into the future, wherever they may live.

I know the devastation that these accidents can cause. I served on the National Cancer Advisory Board after the Chernobyl accident, horrified to see an aftermath that produced the largest group of cancers ever.  It’s been 25 years since Chernobyl, but exposure to fallout may be responsible for thyroid cancers that are still occurring in people who lived there.

We must act now and we are. Susan G. Komen for the Cure will convene a panel of global experts to immediately begin addressing the future cancer risks generated from this incident and draft a plan of action.

Here’s where you can help.  We are asking all of you — our vast network of global friends and supporters — to sign a petition calling for the release of all information regarding the accident and the potential effects of migrating radiation.  As Japan works to contain the current crisis and provide for the immediate needs of its citizens, we urge the government to partner with the global cancer community to help protect the long term public health of people in Japan and around the world.

Please show your support by signing our petition at the link below.


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Nancy G. Brinker has written 27 articles for Susan G. Komen® | Blog

Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker founded Susan G. Komen on a promise she made to her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. She led a relentless breast cancer information and awareness campaign and succeeded in breaching the silence surrounding the disease, fundamentally changing the way it is talked about and treated. She started the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and also pioneered cause-related marketing, both of which have had a profound impact on the breast cancer movement. An outspoken champion of all people with breast cancer as well as those who are at risk for developing the disease, Ambassador Brinker takes her cause and her passion all over the world, seeking the fresh input and international partnerships essential to ending breast cancer forever. Among her many leadership roles, Brinker served as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary from 2001-2003 and as U.S. Chief of Protocol from 2007-2009.

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