American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

KS: Day at the Capitol Virtual Meeting

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  • Your State Senator or Senators
  • Your State Representative or Representatives

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I couldn't make it on Feb, 6, but wanted you to know

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent and a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, I wanted you to know that February 6th was ACS CAN's annual Day at the Capitol event. I couldn't make it to be there in person, but wanted to send you a note to let you know what we are concerned about.

There are a number of ways you can fight cancer with policy change this session:

1. Raise the tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. Tobacco remains the number one preventable cause of cancer and number one preventable cause of death. Raising the tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products by $1.50 per pack is a proven way to prevent kids from smoking and help people who smoke quit.

2. Improve quality of life for Kansas families facing serious illness. Palliative care improves quality of life for patients and their families during a serious illness like cancer by addressing issues like pain, nausea, fatigue, depression and other side effects related to a life-changing diagnosis. To improve health and quality of life through palliative care, we support the establishment of a State Advisory Council on Palliative Care and a palliative care consumer and professional information program.

3, Improve access to care. Without health insurance, many people cannot afford to go to the doctor, which means lifesaving tests like mammograms, colonoscopies and other cancer screenings are not done on time or at all. Expanding KanCare will help more Kansans access basic health care, including life-saving cancer screenings and treatment.

I look forward to talking with you throughout the session about these issues. I'm a cancer advocate because my life has been changed by cancer, and I will continue writing you about these policies so that we can help someone else avoid what I have been through.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]