George W. Bush to raise cancer awareness in Africa

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Associated Press

Posted on November 22, 2011 at 6:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 22 at 9:36 AM

DALLAS (AP) — Former U.S. President George W. Bush will travel to Africa to raise awareness about cervical and breast cancer.

Bush's policy institute is one of the organizations that announced this fall the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative to expand the availability of cervical cancer screening and treatment and breast care education in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.

Bush and former first lady Laura Bush will travel next month to Tanzania, Zambia and Ethiopia, meeting with governmental and health care leaders.

Bush tells The Associated Press it's in the nation's best interest to "deal with disease and set priorities and save lives."

He says it's a "natural extension" of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which he launched in 2003.

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