Do The Daily Sun,
Many important decisions about cancer are made not just in the doctor's office, but also in Congress. Lawmakers make decisions every day about health issues that affect your life as was noted in last night's presidential debate. And as a cancer survivor and advocate, I know even more first-hand how important these decisions are to people here in New Hampshire.
Cancer will kill an estimated 2,770 people in the Granite State this year. According to the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaborative Plan (2015), "Since 2005, cancer has been the leading cause of death overtaking heart disease, and it accounts for approximately 25 percent of all deaths in New Hampshire" (see http://nhcancerplan.org/images/downloads/2015_2020_NH_Cancer_Plan.pdf). The candidates we elect into office have the power to fund groundbreaking research and enact policies that help people prevent and fight cancer.
This election season, I want to hear what the candidates have to say on health care issues that impact New Hampshire and, specifically, cancer survivors and their families. Join my efforts by visiting CancerVotes.org to learn where U.S. Senate candidates Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan stand on critical cancer issues.
Cancer touches everyone — one out of two men and one out of three women will get a cancer diagnosis at some point in their life. The candidates need to rise above partisan politics and talk about how they plan to save lives and make cancer a priority.
Dr. Meagan Shedd, Volunteer
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
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