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Wednesday
Mar162016

Outmaneuvering Cancer Via Public Policy

The following is an excerpt from a post on The Hill's Congress Blog, written by Helen Durkin, executive vice president of public policy for IHRSA.  

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t tense up when they hear the word “cancer,” or have some other visceral response to it. It’s one of the few stand-alone words in the English language that can elicit remarkably powerful, prevailing emotions. 

Maybe that’s because cancer has affected most of us in one way or another. If we haven’t experienced cancer ourselves, chances are, someone we love and care about has. I lost my mother to cancer. 

Given the widespread physical, emotional, and financial suffering that cancer inflicts, you’d think we’d be more united as a society in doing everything possible to protect ourselves and loved ones against this seemingly ubiquitous disease. 

Let me be clear: I’m not talking about research. Although getting behind research into a cure is critically important to eradicating cancer once and for all. 

Even in President Obama’s State of the Union address, he talked about a new moonshot, raising our sights to become the country that finally cures cancer. 

But again, he was talking about research. 

I’m talking about prevention. 

More specifically, I’m talking about public policies, legislation, community planning, infrastructure, thought leadership, and the grassroots social changes needed to stop cancer before it strikes. 

Continue reading Helen Durkin’s post on The Hill’s Congress Blog

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