Opinion

Cancer is still a problem, even during a pandemic

Guest Column:
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Cancer hasn’t stopped in the midst of a pandemic, so neither have we.

Every year, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network brings cancer survivors and advocates to the state Capitol to let lawmakers know that preventing suffering and death from cancer must be a top priority.

Although we could not attend in person this year, my fellow advocates and I held
a virtual Month of Action where we called on lawmakers to make fighting cancer a top priority.

Even as we face this pandemic, we are still facing skyrocketing youth tobacco use.

That is why we asked our lawmakers to increase the state’s tax on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack while also increasing the state’s other tobacco products tax to a rate equivalent to the cigarette tax.

Not only would this help prevent our youth from using tobacco, but it would also generate needed revenue.

We let our State Rep. Brian Elder and State Senator Kevin Daley know that volunteers across the state are counting on them to take a stand against cancer by supporting what works to prevent some cancer diagnoses.

Throughout this pandemic, courageous individuals like my 3-and-a-half-year-old cousin are fighting every day, not just to beat cancer, but for a chance to live their life.

Everyone deserves a chance to live their life, whether they are 3 or 93.

It is time to finish the fight against this devastating disease and give life back.

I encourage all Michiganders to join me in the fight against cancer and join the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network by visiting: https://www. fightcancer.org/states/michigan

You have a voice, believe in your right to use it for change.

Help us make a difference.


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