[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1998, Book I)] [April 6, 1998] [Pages 510-511] [From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]
Statement on a Breast Cancer Prevention Study April 6, 1998 Today's new research findings about the potential use of the drug tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer are an historic step in the ongoing fight against this deadly disease. Breast cancer [[Page 511]] strikes one in eight American women, and about 180,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. Each of us has a sister, a daughter, a friend, or in my case, a mother, who has fought against it. The landmark Breast Cancer Prevention Trial gives us new hope that some women at high risk for breast cancer may actually be able to reduce their risk of getting this life threatening disease. It is an important contribution to our national battle to detect, prevent, treat, and finally cure breast cancer for generations of women to come. Note: In the statement, the President referred to the Breast Cancer Prevention Trial, a joint study of the National Cancer Institute and the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project.