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Congressional action needed on cancer issues


Like most of us this time of year, Congress has a lengthy must-do list and at the top of that list should be passing policies to save more lives from cancer and improve patient care for those who are diagnosed with the disease.

As an advocate on cancer issues, I want Congress to pass critical legislation increasing federal funding for cancer research and prevention, creating a pathway for Medicare coverage of multi-cancer early detection tests once they’re FDA approved and clinical benefit is shown, and improving patient quality of life across all stages of the disease by expanding access to palliative care.

This must-do list is not a wish list. These policies are all essential, proven ways Congress can positively impact the lives of millions of American cancer patients, survivors, and their families this year and for years to come.

There are few lists more important than this one and the end of the year the best time to get things done. I urge Rep. Kay Granger to work with her colleagues to ensure these important cancer policies get passed in any final year-end legislation.

  • Cindie Pierce
    Volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)


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