Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Funds For Cancer

I believe government should only do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. For example, have a military to defend us, fire departments to protect our lives and property, etc. Another area I believe our government should help its citizens in is the area of cancer funding.

Currently there are not enough funds for community based breast and cervical cancer screening programs run by the CDC. Only 1 in 5 eligible women are able to get this screening. Millions of women are going without this lifesaving screening. We must urge our Senators and Representatives to vote for more funding and support the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.

I have lost family members to cancer and I know cancer survivors. For me, cancer statistics aren't numbers - there are human lives behind each "statistic." For every person that dies from cancer there is a grieving family left behind, it isn't just another number in the statistic charts. Unfortunately federal funding for cancer has remained flat.

I urge everyone to get involved. You can learn more about cancer from the American Cancer Society. Also, you can show your support by wearing a cancer wrist band.

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