In what has become an annual event, the White House will be lit in pink Thursday night to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
So will Vice President Biden's residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.
cancer touches every corner of the United States," said White House
spokesman Jay Carney. "In 2013 alone, more than 230,000 women and over
2,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and tens of thousands
will die from this horrible disease."
He added that "early
detection can decrease the risk of death from breast cancer, and the
president believes that everyone should have access to preventive
Carney also took the opportunity to hail the new health
care law: "Under the Affordable Care Act, most health insurance plans
fully cover recommended screenings, and insurers are prohibited from
setting lifetime dollar limits. And next year, insurance companies will
no longer be able to put dollar limits on annual benefits or deny
insurance because of pre-existing conditions, such as breast cancer. "