August ACS CAN Advocacy Newsletter

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    August 2010

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60% of all cancer deaths can be prevented? It’s an incredible statistic that drives ACS CAN to champion policies that help prevent cancer. With your help, we can make sure Congress and your state legislature make cancer prevention a priority as well.
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Is 3.6 Million Women Enough?

“We’re out of money,” Lorinda McFerran was told by an appointment nurse.

Despite her doctor’s recommendation, Lorinda won’t be getting a mammogram this year. Her mother died from breast cancer at the age of 62. Now, Lorinda has an abnormal mass and worries that it could become cancerous. 

Last year, Lorinda got her mammogram through a federal program that provides breast cancer screenings to uninsured and underinsured women. But this year, that program ran out of money in her state, and now they must turn away women who are at higher risk for cancer. 

This month, Congress celebrates the 20th anniversary of the federal screening program that has helped 3.6 million women get the mammograms and pap tests that they otherwise could not afford. Quite simply, the program saves lives. 

Despite the program’s success, it still doesn’t get enough funding from Congress and people like Lorinda get turned away. We need your help to convince Congress to increase funding for this lifesaving program. Visit our breast cancer campaign page to learn more and take action. 

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Campaign Updates

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Colon cancer bill pending in U.S. House Committee
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U.S. Senate Committee proposes level funding for mammogram program
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Kansas and Wisconsin Implement Comprehensive Smoke-free Laws

In early July, Kansas and Wisconsin became the 21st and 22nd states to implement comprehensive smoke-free legislation that requires 100 percent smoke-free non-hospitality workplaces, bars and restaurants. With these additions, there are now 35 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, that require some combination of 100 percent smoke-free workplaces and/or restaurants and/or bars. Additionally, more than 3,000 municipalities have local laws in effect that restrict where smoking is permitted. Combined, this represents more than three-fourths of the U.S. population.

Louisiana Protects Women and Restores Funding

Last month, the $700,000 funding for Louisiana's breast and cervical cancer early detection program was restored in full to the LSU Hospital budget. The restoration of these funds means that the $1.7 million in statewide matching funds from the Centers For Disease Control will remain fully intact. Because of this, at least 4500 Louisiana women will receive the mammograms and care they need. 

State Progress Report Released: How Do You Measure Up?

ACS CAN's eighth annual How Do You Measure Up? report on how state governments are faring on priority cancer issues was released on July 28 at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Look inside the report to find out how your state measured up on issues that play a critical role in reducing cancer incidence and death.

We need your help to continue our success. Can you spare a few minutes, an hour or even a few hours a week to help make cancer a priority in your community? Let us know if you want to be part of our legislative activity in your state.

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