Cancer.org - Cancer Patients and Survivors Travel to Concord to Urge Legislators to Make Cancer a Priority
Volunteers Meet with Lawmakers to Ask for Support for Oral Chemotherapy Fairness, Indoor Tanning Regulations, and Protecting Access to Healthcare for Low Income, Hardworking Granite Staters
CONCORD – January 19, 2015 – Dozens of cancer patients, survivors and caregivers from across the state will travel to the State House on Wednesday to meet with New Hampshire lawmakers about the need to support oral chemotherapy fairness, protecting minors from indoor tanning, and preserving access to healthcare for low-income, hardworking Granite Staters.
In New Hampshire, an estimated 8,090 people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2015, and 2,730 will lose their battle with the disease. Those gathering at the State House this week are calling on New Hampshire lawmakers to change this by taking steps to make the fight against cancer a priority. The visit is part of the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Legislative Breakfast, which will bring together cancer survivors and volunteers from across New Hampshire.
“As a cancer survivor, I will let my lawmakers know that if we’re going to eliminate cancer as a major health problem in New Hampshire, the fight against this disease must be top of mind for our legislature,” said Dr. Carolyn Claussen of Bedford. “By making oral chemotherapy fairness, healthcare, and the dangers of indoor tanning a priority, we could ensure that progress continues to reduce suffering and death from this disease.”
Specifically, the New Hampshire volunteers will ask the legislature to:
- Support Senate Bill 137, which would help more Granite Staters get affordable access to oral chemotherapy medication.
- Support House Bill 136, which would protect minors under 18 from UV indoor tanning, thus decreasing the risk of deadly skin cancers such as melanoma.
- Support reauthorization of the New Hampshire health protection program to protect access to health care for hard working, low income residents.
“We are meeting with our elected leaders this week as representatives of the many Granite Staters who are diagnosed with cancer each day” said ACS CAN Government Relations Director Mike Rollo. “New Hampshire’s legislature should commit to supporting legislation that provides individuals with serious illnesses like cancer fair and affordable access to treatment and preventative healthcare so we can continue to look forward to new successes in fighting the disease.”
Many of the 8,090 cancer diagnoses and 2,730 deaths in New Hampshire can be prevented. Providing all Granite Staters with access to adequate and affordable healthcare and limiting youth access to high risk activities such as indoor tanning are among is the most effective ways to diminish the death and suffering caused from this disease.
ACS CAN is the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate organization of the American Cancer Society, dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage lawmakers, candidates and government officials to support laws and policies that will make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer. For more information, visit www.acscan.org.