American Cancer Society reaction to NH Budget Cuts

Governor Lynch Slashes Funding for the New Hampshire Cancer Plan

Today, Governor Lynch announced cuts to the state budget, which include a severe $1.75 million cut to the New Hampshire Cancer Plan’s funding for FY08.  The Cancer Plan was scheduled to receive $2.0 million in FY08, thus today’s announcement leaves only $250,000 to fight tobacco use and provide cancer screenings in New Hampshire.

“Last year, New Hampshire took a significant step forward in the fight against cancer,” said Peter Ames, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy at the American Cancer Society. “But today we slammed the brakes on this progress. Due to this cut, hundreds of our citizens will not have access to life saving cancer screenings.  The goals of the Cancer Plan, to prevent many of our citizens from developing cancer and to support the thousands who live with cancer every day, are in jeopardy,” he said.

“In funding the Cancer Plan, the state was making an investment that would both benefit New Hampshire citizens immediately and also help control future health care costs,” said Ames.“With the drastically reduced funding levels announced today, we fear that the vital objectives of the New Hampshire Cancer Plan will not be met.”

“As a breast cancer survivor, I fear that these cuts will mean too many New Hampshire citizens will not have access to the cancer screenings that could save their lives,” said B.J.Allgaier of Sandown.

The Cancer Plan funds primary prevention,cancer screening, and early detection programs that are poised 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

Peter Davies
State Director of Communications
American Cancer Society
Two Commerce Drive, Suite 110
Bedford, NH 03110