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9/27/2013 6:01:00 AM
Kingman Letters: Lawmakers: Make cancer a priority
Joleen Goss
Joleen Goss

Last week, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to represent cancer patients and survivors from Kingman to call on Congress to make cancer a national priority. I joined more than 600 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) 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 tobacco tax.

I met with representatives of Sen. McCain, Sen. Flake and Rep. Gosar's offices, and made it clear that Congress needs to put partisanship aside on behalf of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors in the United States and more than 1.6 million people in America who are estimated to be diagnosed this year.

We let our lawmakers know that volunteers from Arizona and from every state across the country are counting on them to take a stand and not let another year pass - a year when 570,000 people in America will die from cancer - by supporting what works and funding research that can help finish the fight.

Joleen Goss, volunteer

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)

Kingman



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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Article comment by: biker randy

Seems to me more people get/die from cancer just because more people live longer than they used to. Live long enough and you may get cancer. If our lives are so exposed to cancerous things in our lifestyles, why do we(as a whole) keep living longer and grow bigger generation after generation? Doesn't add up.

Also, I notice you want to penalize smokers to help cancer patients. Where's the feel good doing that?


Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Article comment by: mike mays

nice try...i am a veteran who has been recieving chemo treatments from the va for 6 yrs, now i need to extend those treatments at a more crucial time and i have been '' put on the shelf so to speak'' after trying for months to contact them, i get nothing. not even a return phone call. obama care? no thank you

Posted: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Article comment by: Doing Research

@Capt Nice

Are....you being sarcastic in suggesting that the Affordable Care Act is a PROBLEM for people with cancer?

So.... if someone had heathcare and then got cancer, and their carrier couldn't just dump them, that's bad?

How does that work?

Though, this reminds me of a joke I heard a while back:

If Breaking Bad had been had taken place in the UK, or Sweden, or another place with universal health care - "Walter White diagnosed with cancer. Goes to doctor and the government pays for his treatment. Continues teaching and has a normal life."


Posted: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Article comment by: Barbara Cannon

Thank You Joleen .Our granddaughter Jade Olson was a sophomore at KHS when she found out she had Leukemia B Cell, She is at Phoenix Childrens Hospital under going treatments with Chemo. But we found out their are MORE Kingman students also under going Cancer treatments ,some in Las Vegas Some in Phoenix. This does effect our town more than people know and Children are cancer warriors in the war on cancer, GOD Bless you and keep up the good work

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Article comment by: Robin Campbell

At least Joleen is standing up for what she believes in and putting her face out there in the local paper. One has to make NOISE in order to be heard, the squeeky wheel gets the oil. There are administration costs with every charity. That is how it works. You have to spend money to make money, I do not care what cause it is. And yes, MOST people do not see the reason for a charity until it affects them personally. I do not know one person who has not been touched by cancer in one way or another. This is not about Obama care, it is not about corrupt leadership, it's not about what you read in an article that someone else wrote. Yes, our enviroment has something to do with why cancer is found in some people and not other people. We all carry the cancer gene, what needs to be figured the factors that cause that gene to grow. In the 50's, people didn't talk about cancer. It was a hush hush kind of disease.More people had cancer then than you know. I think we need to admire someone who is willing to SHOUT and be heard. GOOD JOB Joleen!

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Article comment by: mr. parker

What is really needed is new ideas in cancer research. There will never be a "cure" for cancer but there will be new treatments that will not only prolong life but also give a better quality of life.
Good luck to you.

@az mac:" The drugs doctors give you cause more harm than good, they do not want people to get well as it eats into their profits.'
Seriously, do you now how many doctors die from various forms of cancer?


Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

"94-cent increase to the federal tobacco tax."

Like so many others, they just want to penalize those who choose to do something they don't. Heck, why not make it 300%. That will give the politicians even more money to blow. How about a tax on fast food or lunch meats with nitrates and nitrites? Those are both serious health risks. What about Twinkies and Ho-Hos? Heart disease kills more than cancer. Lets tax the hell out of all those "unnecessary" food stuffs.


Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Article comment by: FEDUP W politicians

Azmac is 100% correct. Consider that TRILLIONS has been spent on cancer research & still no cure? For as long as Big Pharma dictates policy & Dr.'s ONLY prescribe BP drugs, there will be no cancer cures. Consider it 'population control' aka eugenics, just ask Bill Gates.

Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Article comment by: az mac

About 10 years ago I read where the cancer society only Uses one nickle out of every dollar for research. I can guess it is less today. The vaccines, chemtrails, GMO food, pollution all cause cancer and other diseases.
In the 50s when growing up I only knew one person with cancer, today I have known hundreds. Never knew anyone with allergies or diabetes, today I have known hundreds.
The air, water and food cause most of the diseases and people tend to ignore the causes.
Cancer is one of the biggest money makers for hospitals, doctors and the drug companies, so why would they want to find a cure. The drugs doctors give you cause more harm than good, they do not want people to get well as it eats into their profits.


Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

Joleen
Your fighting a noble cause but you should have saved your money and stayed home.
The majority of people don't want Obama care but do you think that will matter in Washington?
These people left and right are to important to be bothered by something as trivial as CANCER.....until they get it and then they get a whole lot better medical assistance than you or I get.
Some day this country is going to get fed up with our corrupt leadership and send them all home or to prison.....wonderful thought but it will never happen.




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