American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

KS: Working together to prevent cancer

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Working together to prevent cancer

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent and a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, I hope to work with you this session to reduce the burden of cancer in our state. We know that beating cancer will require public policy changes that prevent cancer and expand access to treatment.



This session ACS CAN will work with the legislature in support of the following priorities:

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 screening and treatment.

RAISE THE AGE FOR SALE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS TO 21 STATEWIDE
Nearly 95 percent of adults who smoke started before the age of 21 and nearly 100 percent started before the age of 26. Adolescents and young adults are therefore a critical population target for evidence based, tobacco control strategies. Both the FDA and the U.S. Surgeon General have declared skyrocketing e-cigarette use among teens an epidemic. Increasing the age for sale of all tobacco products to 21 statewide will help prevent young people from ever starting to smoke as well as reduce disease, death, and health related cost of tobacco use.



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 to you about these policies in hopes that together we can help someone else avoid what I have been through.

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