Dennis Anderson, the Democratic candidate for Illinois' 14th Congressional District, issued the following press release:
Dennis Anderson’s career was focused on healthcare. That’s why he was upset to learn that six members of the Illinois delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives have not signed on to H.R. 3067, the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2011.
“The National Cancer Institute estimates that nearly 227,000 women will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer in in the U.S. in 2012, roughly the number of women registered to vote in the new 14th Congressional District. More than 39,000 women are expected to die of the disease this year, only slightly fewer than the number of women living in the Tri-Cities of Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles. This is a major health problem, and fighting this disease should be a high national priority. The Act under consideration deserves the support of every member of Congress.” says Anderson.
Among those who did not sign onto the bill were Representatives Joe Walsh and Randy Hultgren. Anderson is running against Hultgren in the new 14th Congressional District. Of 11 bills relating to breast cancer, including one entitled the Armed Forces Breast Cancer Research Act of 2012, Hultgren has attached his name only to a bill that authorizes the creation of a postage stamp.
Anderson spent four years at the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center working on an investigation of the causes of breast cancer, and a further thirteen years at Loyola University’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, where he was Assistant Director for Research Support. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the International Breast Cancer Research Foundation.