NH Cancer Plan Eliminated by Gov.'s budget cuts: ACS reacts

Funding for the New Hampshire Cancer Plan
Completely Eliminated by Governor Lynch

Today, Governor Lynch announced cuts to the state budget, which include all of the remaining $750,000 for the New Hampshire Cancer Plan’s funding for FY09. The funds that had been left for the Cancer Plan were scheduled to provide colorectal and breast cancer screenings, as well as provide resources to support smokers who want to quit. The Cancer Plan funding had already been cut twice before last February and June.

“In these difficult economic times when New Hampshire citizens are losing jobs and health insurance, it is more critical than ever that we work to support those in need of medical care by providing these lifesaving screenings,” said Peter Ames, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy at the American Cancer Society. “Unfortunately, these cuts will leave many New Hampshire citizens unscreened and at risk.”

“I can hardly believe that Governor Lynch has cut funds for cancer screenings again,” stated Joan Porter, a colon cancer survivor from Manchester. “A colonoscopy caught my colon cancer, and that's why I'm still here. The governor's decision means that even fewer people will have the same chance I had to fight cancer.”

The Cancer Plan funds primary prevention, cancer screening, and early detection programs that are designed to make a measurable difference in the health of New Hampshire citizens. Tobacco use, the leading cause of death and disease in New Hampshire, can be significantly reduced through effective prevention programs. Breast cancer and colon cancer can be successfully treated when caught in the early stages. The $6 million appropriation for the Cancer Plan would have enabled 1,500 New Hampshire women to be screened for breast and cervical cancer and 900 New Hampshire men and women to be screened for colon cancer over the next two years.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 7,030 New Hampshire residents will be diagnosed with cancer in 2008, and 2,640 residents will die of cancer this year.

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.


Peter Davies
State Director of Communications
American Cancer Society