Our 2011 Legislative Priorities By Chris Hansen, ACS CAN President
I want to put an end to cancer as we know it.
And I want us to do it together.
This year, 1.5 million people in America will receive a cancer diagnosis and nearly 570,000 will die from the disease. Yet, we already know how to prevent 60 percent of cancer deaths.
To succeed, we need our elected leaders -- at every level of government -- to join us in making cancer a priority.
ACS CAN’s legislative priorities for 2011 reflect a growing urgency to fund cancer research, make life better for people fighting cancer and promote behavior that prevents cancer.
While we have accomplished many great things in the fight against cancer, we cannot rest on our laurels. This year, more than ever, we need you and all of our volunteers to stand ready to act.
Just as cancer is more than one disease, ACS CAN will fight back on more than one front this year.
In Washington, D.C., we will work to increase funding for cancer research. Last year, more than 80 percent of cancer research projects never got started due to lack of funding. Advanced technologies have fueled an unprecedented period of discovery and have driven progress that has revolutionized our understanding of cancer at the cellular level. Continued support for this research is essential to capitalizing on recent advances.
On Capitol Hill and in your state legislature, we will defend laws and programs that improve access to lifesaving cancer screenings and treatment. This includes mammograms, colonoscopies and clinical trials that provide cutting edge care to patients.
Even closer to home, 47 percent of Americans now live in states or communities with strong smoke-free laws. They’re able to earn a living in smoke-free workplaces and enjoy meals at smoke-free restaurants. We won’t stop until we reach 100 percent.
These are just a few of the important laws and policies we are fighting for that will help us put an end to cancer. For more details, please read the one-page summaries of our state and federal legislative priorities for 2011.
More importantly, I ask you to watch for e-mails from me and other ACS CAN staff and volunteers and take action when needed.
There is no better time than now to take this cause to Congress and your state legislature as we strive to finally conquer cancer. I look forward to making it happen together.