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ELECTION: Learn about candidates’ plans for defeating cancer

Letter by Lise M. Hedegaard, Puyallup on Oct. 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm with No Comments »
October 24, 2012 5:03 pm

The president of the United States has an unparalleled opportunity to lead the fight against cancer in this nation. How would the two presidential candidates use this critical opportunity? Every voter who cares about the fight against cancer can now educate themselves on the answers at the CancerVotes website.

President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have provided the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) with their positions on how, if elected, they would work to defeat cancer. The candidates’ statements are included in a presidential voter guide – published on www.cancervotes.org.

The nonpartisan guide provides the candidates’ responses to questions about how they would make cancer a national priority, invest in prevention and research, guarantee adequate access to affordable health care and reduce tobacco use.

This year in Washington state alone, more than 35,790 people will hear the words “you have cancer,” and cancer will kill an estimated 12,170 people. Though this is a vitally important campaign issue, we haven’t heard much from the candidates about it. Take a few minutes to study the responses at www.cancervotes.org.

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