Letters to the Editor

Support public policy to fight cancer

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan meets with local mental health officials and law enforcement to address the heroin epidemic in Manatee and Sarasota counties during a roundtable discussion in March in Bradenton.
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan meets with local mental health officials and law enforcement to address the heroin epidemic in Manatee and Sarasota counties during a roundtable discussion in March in Bradenton. Bradenton Herald file photo

In September, I traveled to Washington, D.C., with more than 700 of my fellow American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volunteers from across the country to urge Congress to support lifesaving policies that help people prevent and better treat cancer. I called on lawmakers to increase federal funding for cancer research, support legislation to improve patient quality of life and remove cost barriers to colorectal cancer screenings for seniors.

I told our members of Congress they should seize the opportunity to put partisanship aside and make ending cancer as we know it a top national priority.

I let our lawmakers know that people and families touched by cancer in Florida and across the country are counting on them to support legislation that would help make cancer history. With one in two men and one in three women being diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, we can’t let this year pass without taking legislative action on these important issues.

I know our conversation made a difference in the halls of Congress, and I encourage you to add your voice. Visit www.acscan.org to be connected to people like me in your community.

Please contact Rep. Buchanan’s office and thank him for co-sponsoring HR1220 and ask him to support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act HR3119 and to also support increased funding for cancer research at the National Cancer Institute by $680 million. DC office, 202-225-5015; Bradenton office, 941-747-9081; Sarasota office, 941-951-6643.

Please contact Sens. Nelson and Rubio and ask them to support increased funding to the National Cancer Institute of $680 million, support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act S2748 and support the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Act S624. Sen. Nelson, 202-224-5274; Sen. Rubio, 202-224-3041.

Nancy Ambrose

Holmes Beach

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