Hundreds of cancer patients and survivors around the country were in Washington D.C. on September 12, to urge Congress to help with the fight against cancer. Louisiana Lead Ambassador with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Amber Stevens says they will ask lawmakers to increase federal funding for cancer research.
Stevens says they are asking to raise the funding for cancer research to 36 billion dollars, a two billion dollar increase. She says they also want to improve the quality of life for these patients and are urging them to support palliative care and hospice education training.
Stevens says colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. and fixing a current glitch in the Medicare system could save lives.