Fighting cancer means fixing our nation's health care system - and it means fixing it now.
We need to fight to make sure all Americans have access to early detection screenings that can detect cancer early and even prevent it. All Americans regardless of income, race or education, should also have access to quality cancer treatment.
Currently there are gaping holes in our country's health care system. Millions of people with inadequate insurance or no insurance at all are going without lifesaving screenings and treatments and going deep into debt to pay for care they can't afford.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is fighting for legislation that will save lives through prevention, meaningful coverage and improved quality of life. Join the nation's leading cancer advocacy organization in telling Congress we need real health care reform now.
Together, these two groups represent nearly a quarter of all Americans.
Uninsured people are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced cancer, which requires more invasive and costly treatment, and is more often fatal. People who have insurance often do not receive preventive care or early cancer screenings, because the system does not promote wellness and health, but rather is primarily focused on treating people once they have become sick.
The nation's health care system has a direct bearing on our ability to fight cancer. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network believes health care reform must be a top priority for the 111th Congress.
Meaningful reform must include adequate, available, affordable, and administratively simple health insurance coverage for all Americans. Individuals must have timely access and coverage of the complete continuum of quality, evidence-based healthcare services, including prevention and early detection, diagnosis, and treatment. The costs must not be excessive, and must be continuous, renewable, and available without regard to health status or prior claims history.
With your commitment, we can move closer to conquering the war on cancer. I am asking that you make the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network's message your message as you consider the need for comprehensive health care reform.