Families affected by cancer are on the front lines of health care reform, lobbying congress and fighting for affordable and easily accessible access to health care for themselves and for future cancer patients. Why is this important to you? Because two out of five people will get cancer in their lifetime. Two out of five.
Statistics show that early detection and treatment provide our best chance for survival of a cancer diagnosis. Unfortunately, far too many people are experiencing crucial delays in diagnosis and treatment. The American Cancer Society Action Network (ACS CAN) reports that:
One in four families affected by cancer delayed care due to cost barriers;
in the last twelve months, nearly one-third of cancer patients in treatment cut pills or skipped doses;
nearly one-quarter delayed a recommended cancer screening or treatment; and
one in five did not fill a prescription.
That’s sober news considering that the survival rate for late stage breast cancer is 27 percent versus 98 percent if caught and treated when it is localized (prior to spreading to lymph nodes or other locations outside the breast). Late stage colon cancer has a survival rate of 10 percent, versus a five-year survival rate of 90 percent when diagnosed and treated in a localized stage.
ACS CAN is taking unique steps to spread the message that cancer patients need action… now, not later, even purchasing all the advertising space in a D.C. metro stop near the U.S. Capitol. This video highlights the D.C. Metro Stop Campaign:
An ACS CAN study revealed that a cancer patient with access to Congress’ current health plan would fare pretty well, but that the coverage enjoyed by federal employees and members of Congress should be the absolute minimum of what is offered.
Health care reform. Now… not later. Just words to some, but a powerful dose of life and death reality for uninsured and underinsured cancer patients. At a minimum — coverage enjoyed by federal employees, members of Congress, and their families — that’s a fair request.
is affordable and available to all Americans;
puts prevention at the forefront of our nation’s health care system; and
ensures that people with serious medical conditions like cancer are fully covered, without exemptions for pre-existing conditions.
Take Action! Sign the Petition HERE