As many know I'm battling breast cancer now with the help of many, many friends. It's scary enough when you have insurance and the resources to be able to get the treatment you need — I can't even imagine how frightening it must be to know you can't.
The Lance Armstrong Foundation is shining a much-needed light on this problem. They are already the go-to place if someone has been diagnosed and needs help finding resources. Today Lance and other survivors are going to Washington DC to advocate for treatment access for everyone:
The Gaps We Must Close
We must close the gaps between what we know and what we do in the cancer fight.
Nearly 47 million Americans lack health insurance. About 16 million more are underinsured.
Health care coverage and financial concerns should not dictate who lives, who dies and who suffers unnecessarily.
Ethnic populations in the U.S. carry a disproportionate burden of poor quality cancer care, and minorities are much more likely to die and suffer needlessly from the disease.
With screening, we could prevent 1/3 of all cancer deaths.
90% of colorectal cancer deaths, 30% of all breast cancer deaths in women over age 40 and virtually all cervical cancer deaths can be prevented now.
Cancer funding is decreasing and government attention is fragmented.
While 13 different government agencies fund cancer research, no one is in charge of the nation's cancer program. Hard to believe when 10 million people in our country are living with cancer.
We must be more efficient, more collaborative and more directed about how we use what we know.
We must close the gaps.
We must make cancer a national priority.
(And yes, they are advertisers, but I hope everyone appreciates the fact that we are truly supportive of this and would be posting on it regardless. Many, many thanks to Lance and everyone associated with the Foundation for doing this important work.)