Let's Make Cancer a Priority in Alabama
Dear [Decision Maker],
Today is the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's Day at the Capitol. Even though I am unable to be there in person, as your constituent I hope you will make cancer issues a priority this session. Together, we can save lives in Alabama, but we need your help.This year, there are two issues we believe can have a significant impact on reducing cancer incidence and mortality in Alabama. We are asking our legislators and the Governor to support increased funding for the Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (ABCCEDP) and to consider passage of a comprehensive statewide law that makes all workplaces, including bars and restaurants, 100 percent smoke-free.We know that early detection saves lives. Current funding for the Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program provides cancer screening to only about 18% of the more than 87,000 women eligible for the program. By increasing state funding by $500,000, more women would be screened, more cancers could be found, and more lives could be saved.A comprehensive smoke-free law will protect every worker in every workplace from the dangers of secondhand smoke. The U.S. Surgeon General released a report stating there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. This year, secondhand smoke will cause nearly 42,000 deaths among nonsmokers, including 7,300 lung cancer deaths. Alabamans should not have to choose between their health and a good job.
Thank you,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]