Letters to the Editor

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Tag: cancer


CANCER: Funding will help low-income women get treatment

As a cancer survivor I know how difficult it is to be faced with tough decisions about finances and health. I was extremely fortunate to have access to quality treatment. This is not the case for every woman. I want to thank state Rep. Ross Hunter and state Sen. Andy Hill for taking a strong stand against cancer by restoring the funding for Washington State’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP) in their 2015 supplemental operating budget.

Due to a budgetary decision, the BCCTP was eliminated during the 2013 legislative session. For the better part of the last 20

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CANCER: Tanning bill will save lives, money

Re: “Protect kids from tanning beds’ cancer risks” (editorial, 2-24).

Thank you for endorsing Senate Bill 6065. This would ban the use of tanning beds by those under the age of 18, and it would save countless lives as well as thousands of dollars.

Indoor tanning doubles the risk of melanoma. The financial costs are estimated at $160,000 for someone with advanced skin cancer. The cost to young people suffering from skin cancer and their families is unfathomable.

As adults, we need to guide our children. We need to make decisions that will protect them as long as they

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CANCER: Congress and individuals can take action

As a volunteer cancer advocate, I know that public policy can be a vital tool in the fight against cancer. I have been working with other Washington state residents touched by cancer to educate elected officials about how their decisions can help prevent and fight the disease.

Earlier this month, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to represent the voice of cancer survivors and patients in the 8th Congressional District.

When I met with U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert’s legislative assistant, I thanked her for the congressman’s support of research funding through the National Institute of Health, and we discussed how critical

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CANCER: Protect funding for research and prevention

Last week, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to represent cancer patients and survivors from Gig Harbor to call on Congress to make cancer a national priority.

I joined more than 600 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteers and staff from across the country to ask lawmakers in our nation’s capital to protect funding for cancer research and prevention programs, co-sponsor legislation to improve patient quality of life and support a 94-cent increase to the federal cigarette tax.

I met with U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, Sen. Maria Cantwell and representatives of Sen. Patty Murray. It was made clear that Congress

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CANCER: Take part in cancer-prevention study

What if we could personally participate in research that might help determine factors that cause or prevent cancer?

What if our involvement, and that research, ultimately leads to the elimination of cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations?

What if we could make it so just one family never has to hear the words “you have cancer”?

Pierce County residents have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in cancer research this year. Enrollment in the American Cancer Society’s third Cancer Prevention Study will be taking place at five South Sound locations – in Tacoma, Gig Harbor and

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BUDGET: Republicans welcome sequester pain

In a few days, a far-right Republican cult will allow the budget sequester to go into effect and fulfill their dream of sabotaging Barack Obama’s presidency.

They had a chance to work on a compromise last week, but since Republicans control the congressional schedule, they opted for a “work week” and forced everyone in the House to leave.

President Obama has a deficit-reduction package on the table of half taxes, half budget cuts. Nothing could be more fair and balanced. But Republicans won’t deal.

When poor children in Head Start programs and their teachers are denied education and employment, Republicans

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MEDICAID: Expansion vital in fight against cancer

As Washington state voters, we can be proud of our legislators in Olympia for their hard work and dedication to the task of setting up our Health Care Exchange. As a result of their diligence, our state is one of the most prepared for the inclusive changes that will take place in January 2014.

But unless legislators implement full expansion of the Medicaid program — an expansion that will be federally funded for the first three years — the Affordable Care Act will not be as inclusive as intended. Without Medicaid expansion, approximately 250,000 low-income adults in Washington will have

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ELECTION: Learn about candidates’ plans for defeating cancer

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

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