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6 May, 2024

CANCER POLITICS: Mapping high risk states that vote to defund research for a cure to cancer

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Mapping high risk states that vote to defund research for a cure to cancer

Why do politicians from states with the highest cancer rates vote to defund research to find a cure? Cancerous politics.

"Cancer claims more than 600,000 American lives a year and cancer care costs about $200 billion every year.

President Biden's Cancer Moonshot initiative is Congress' latest partisan casualty. MAGA Republicans, refusing to give Biden a “win,” voted against the renewal of funding." - USA Today

Use this map based on data from the National Cancer Institute to see which states have the highest rates of cancer: Lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and prostrate cancer. It's overlaid with the Congressional rep for the district so you can easily see who is putting their politics above your health.

See! Elections do have consequences. You get politicians ready to defund cancer research to fund tax cuts for their billionaire donors.

Hold them accountable

Hold MAGA Republicans accountable for their votes
Hold MAGA Republicans accountable for defunding cancer research

Doctor's advice

"Cancer affects everyone in some way, shape or form. Whether personally or through a family member or friend, the stress and heartbreak of a cancer diagnosis is immeasurable. Which is why I was so surprised when I read that Congress would not be renewing investments in the “Cancer Moonshot” initiative dedicated to curing cancer.

While there are many different forms of cancer and likely as many different research endeavors to treat them, the Moonshot program was the largest, organized effort by the U.S. government to find cures. Formed in 2016 by then-Vice President Joe Biden, after his own son was killed by brain cancer, the program has enjoyed bipartisan support and praise." - USA Today

Hold MAGA Republicans who voted to  defund cancer research accountable for their vote

Vote to save your life

"But we, as voters, need to keep our priorities straight and focus on the health of our fellow Americans. Keep in mind who voted against the Moonshot Cancer initiative in the upcoming elections. Keep in mind those who continually vote against scientific progress, against funding for cancer research, against pandemic vaccines roll-outs or even against climate change, which is not just an existential crisis in the future but today exacerbates chronic health conditions such as asthma.

Keep this in mind and vote for those who do not politicize Americans’ health. Otherwise, the country’s prognosis is bad news for all of us.

Dr. Thomas K. Lew is an assistant clinical professor of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and an attending physician of Hospital Medicine at Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley. Follow him on X: @ThomasLewMD" - USA Today

TakeAway: Vote for better healthcare and research to find a cure for cancer. Vote for President Biden and Democrats.

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