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Cancer Votes Eat & Greet

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Bethany Zell | BDN
Bethany Zell | BDN

Please join us for a Cancer Votes Eat & Greet, a non-partisan opportunity for local voters to interact with candidates for state and federal office and to find out where the candidates stand on legislative issues relating to cancer.

You are invited to join us on Tuesday, October 18 at 6pm at the Par & Grill in Caribou for Cancer Votes, an initiative of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

Lawmakers at every level of government play an enormous role in winning the fight against cancer.

Every year, Congress passes a budget that directly impacts people touched by cancer. The budget will:
~Increase or decrease funding for cancer research;
~Improve or impede cancer patients’ access to the treatment they need, and
~Bolster or hinder lifesaving programs that prevent cancer and detect it at its earliest, most treatable stages.

State legislatures play a critical role in funding and implementing programs that ensure cancer patients and survivors have access to the health care they need – before, during, and after cancer treatment. They also have the opportunity to pass strong tobacco control laws by providing adequate funding to the state tobacco quitline and evidence-based media campaigns that help smokers quit, as well as increasing tobacco taxes that prevent youth from starting to smoke.

More than half a million people in America will die from cancer this year alone. Even with all that we’ve learned about fighting cancer, one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life.

In Maine, more than 3,000 people will die from cancer this year. And, more than 9,000 will be diagnosed with cancer.

For more information, please contact Karin Howe at karin_howe@hotmail.com or 207.227.0307 or Bethany Zell at bzell@carymed.org or 207.498.1361.