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Please make cancer prevention a priority!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Approximately 110,000 New Yorkers will be diagnosed with cancer this year in New York and over 34,000 will die. As your constituent, I'm writing to ask you to make cancer prevention a priority in this year's budget. Specifically, I'm asking you to restore full funding of $25.28 million to the New York Cancer Services Program (CSP), and increase funding for the Tobacco Control Program (TCP) to $40.76 million. These critical programs have been chronically underfunded.
Screening increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early, when they are most likely to be curable. For many, early detection is the difference between being a survivor or a statistic. That's why it is critically important that CSP funding be restored. The CSP provides uninsured New Yorkers with access to breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings. In the past year, 28,510 New York residents received a screening, thanks to the CSP.Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in New York. Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, and many other serious illnesses. These are diseases that ruin lives, and result in enormous health care costs to the state. Yet, we have a proven weapon on our side: the TCP. The TCP is an evidence-based, scientifically proven program that delivers cutting edge interventions and services that improve health and reduce tobacco related health care costs.
New York State plays an important role in cancer prevention. I urge you to consider the health and wellness of all New Yorkers by restoring the CSP to $25.28 million, and increasing funding for the TCP to $40.76 million.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]