Our lung cancer and mesothelioma lawyers announce our support and engagement in World Cancer Day 2016. This day is an opportunity to raise awareness about known carcinogens, lifestyle factors, cancer research and new treatments. For more information on this effort, visit World Cancer Day’s website, here.
Yesterday, President Obama signed a directive kicking off the National Cancer Moonshot, chaired by Vice President Joe Biden. The program has a budget of $1 billion; the large budget is meant to bring about 10 years’ worth of change in cancer prevention, treatments and detection in half that time. The funds will be divided between the FDA (to launch new cancer research), National Institutes for Health (for research and to kick-start cancer activities), and the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs (to increase investments into cancer research).
Researchers will be seeking solutions for cancer prevention, detection and treatment. This includes vaccines, immunotherapy, genomic analysis, minimally-invasive screenings, combination therapy, and new technologies for early detection. They will also seek new approaches to narrowing the gaps in health care between people from different settings.
This last aim is very important. There needs to be a larger commitment to change governmental policies so everyone has access to cancer control plans. Far too many low- and middle-income families go bankrupt from a cancer diagnosis, selling their homes and emptying their retirement funds to pay for the healthcare needed to save their life.
In fact, medical bankruptcy is the number-one cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States. Approximately 40% of Americans owe collectors for medical bills. Americans are much more likely than adults in other developed countries to decline medical care due to cost.
We Can, I Can
The “We Can, I Can” campaign is meant to explore how everyone, together and as individuals, can make a difference in the fight against cancer. Everyone has power to take action. Here are some examples from the campaign:
– Share my story
– Make healthy lifestyle choices
– Take control of my cancer journey
– Understand early detection
– Return to work
– Create healthy environments
– Shape policy change
– Challenge perceptions
– Improve access to cancer care
– Mobilize our networks to drive progress
If you are battling cancer, know you are not alone. There are millions of people supporting you, advocating for new research, and fighting for your rights. About one-third of all cancers are preventable. Our team of lung cancer and mesothelioma lawyers knows the gratitude of this statement. Far too many workers are exposed to carcinogens like asbestos or benzene on-the-job, without any sort of warning or protection. Working together, we can increase the impact of cancer awareness, policy and research, so employers are held responsible for exposing employees and prevented from ever doing so again.
We offer a free book, 100 Questions & Answers About Mesothelioma, to anyone who wants to know more. Our book offers advice on the best hospitals and doctors, how to talk to your family about your cancer, and what legal rights are afforded to you and your family. Visit our main site to request your copy today.