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Patient Advocacy - Views and Opinions at #ASH15

Patient Advocacy - Views and Opinions at #ASH15 | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
Twenty thousand people congregated in Orlando Dec 5th-8th for the annual American Society of Hematology meeting. A good number of them were patient advocates, from organizations all around the world. ASH did recognize these organizations and did give them a designated space on the exhibit floor, but did not give them free entry to the poster ...

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California lawmakers approve right-to-die legislation

California lawmakers approve right-to-die legislation | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
The California State Assembly backed the controversial legislation following the death of Brittany Maynard, 29, who moved from her home state to Oregon to legally end her life last year.
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University of Iowa cancer researchers push for funding bill | TheGazette

University of Iowa cancer researchers push for funding bill | TheGazette | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
IOWA CITY - Today former president Jimmy Carter revealed in an announcement that metastatic melanoma has spread to his brain. The treatment for that cancer, in part, includes infusions of one of the newest drugs available for that type of cancer.
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New Mikulski Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Free Mammograms for Women 40 and Older

Currently women aged 40 to 74 are guaranteed an annual free mammogram as a result of Senator Mikulski’s ‘Women’s Preventive Health Amendment’ to the Affordable Care Act
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News - Indiana Public Media | Legislation Could Boost Funding For Cancer Research

News - Indiana Public Media | Legislation Could Boost Funding For Cancer Research | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
The 21st Century Cures Act would dedicate $1.75 billion for the National Institutes of Health in each of the next five years.
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Maloney’s Breast Cancer Awareness Bill Passes | www.qgazette.com | Queens Gazette

Maloney’s Breast Cancer Awareness Bill Passes | www.qgazette.com | Queens Gazette | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
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Text of H.R. 2722: Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act (Referred to Senate Committee version) - GovTrack.us

Text of H.R. 2722: Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act (Referred to Senate Committee version) - GovTrack.us | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
Text of H.R. 2722: Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act as of Jul 16, 2015 (Referred to Senate Committee version). H.R. 2722: Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act
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Young Advocate Program

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Living Beyond Breast Cancer -- LBBC connects people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.
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Now accepting applications for the September 18-20 Training in Denver!

 Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Young Advocate Program provides the tools and training to help young women use their personal breast cancer experience to make a difference in their communities. This opportunity is geared toward women diagnosed with breast cancer before age 45, who have limited incomes and who were diagnosed within the last 3 years or are living with metastatic breast cancer. 

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New state law aims to make cancer treatment more affordable

New state law aims to make cancer treatment more affordable | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
CLARKSBURG — West Virginians affected by cancer now have more options available to help.
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Dying cancer patients could volunteer to be medical guinea pigs under new law

Dying cancer patients could volunteer to be medical guinea pigs under new law | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
Chris Heaton-Harris MP's new Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill will make it easier for doctors to try untested drugs on patients without the fear of being sued.
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Senate Amendment Threatens DOD Breast Cancer Research Program (DOD BCRP)

Senate Amendment Threatens DOD Breast Cancer Research Program (DOD BCRP) | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it

Take Action!

The Senate is currently considering the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (HR 1735). Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has filed an amendment (#1483) that if passed, would severely restrict the types of medical research that could be funded by the Department of Defense and would serve a devastating blow to DOD funding for Breast Cancer Research. Contact your Senators and urge them to oppose McCain amendment #1482.


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The Senate is currently considering the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (HR 1735). Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has filed an amendment (#1483) that if passed, would severely restrict the types of medical research that could be funded by the Department of Defense and would serve a devastating blow to DOD funding for Breast Cancer Research. Contact your Senators and urge them to oppose McCain amendment #1482.

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Susan Zager's curator insight, June 12, 2015 1:41 PM

This is a prewritten letter that you can send to let your Senators know how important it is that we don't lose funding for the very successful Breast Cancer Research Program. funded by the Department of Defense. It only takes a minute to put your name and address in and your email will be sent to Congress. 


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Why More Healthcare Professionals Are Using Social Media

Why More Healthcare Professionals Are Using Social Media | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
An ever increasing number of medical and healthcare professionals are changing their relationship with the public by embracing the power of social media...

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Beyond Evidence-Based Policy in Public Health: The Interplay of Ideas by Katherine Smith

Beyond Evidence-Based Policy in Public Health: The Interplay of Ideas by Katherine Smith | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
In this book, Katherine Smith offers an insightful analysis of evidence-based policy, providing an interesting typology with which to deepen our exploration of the relationship between research and...

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The Best of 2015

The Best of 2015 | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
A collection of most prominent and popular posts from 2015.

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Rally for Medical Research Hill Day

Rally for Medical Research Hill Day | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
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Join More than 300 Partner Organizations for the Third Annual Rally for Medical Research Hill DayOn September 17, 2015, more than 300 organizations from across the United States will come together to urge Congress to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for fiscal year 2016 and beyond. Learn more about the Rally and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.
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Doctors Press For Action To Lower 'Unsustainable' Prices For Cancer Drugs

Doctors Press For Action To Lower 'Unsustainable' Prices For Cancer Drugs | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
More than a hundred influential doctors banded together to propose seven ways to bring down the high prices of cancer drugs. They say changes are needed to preserve access to care.
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Fake doctor charged woman with cancer $2,000 for a bag of dirt

Fake doctor charged woman with cancer $2,000 for a bag of dirt | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it

Vincent Gammill, a 69-year-old California man was arrested for prescribing phony pills, expired prescription drugs and bags of dirt to cancer patients, claiming he was a trained oncologist.


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Reader's view: Lawmakers back life-saving legislation

Reader's view: Lawmakers back life-saving legislation | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
Cancer is a terrible disease. Everyone knows someone who has faced cancer in one way or another. Statistics show that cancer strikes one out of two American men and one in three American women.
In early July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that increases medical research by $1.75...
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House GOP pulls breast cancer research bill

House GOP pulls breast cancer research bill | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
The bill would create a commemorative pink gold coin to raise funds for research.
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Legislation to help find cures advances through the U.S. House

Legislation to help find cures advances through the U.S. House | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Legislation to help find cures for diseases such as cancer is one step closer to becoming a reality.
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The New Cancer Survivors

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Extraordinary advances have turned cancer from an apparent death sentence into a manageable chronic illness for many. But what does it mean to live with a terminal disease...interminably?

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DOD BCRP in Jeopardy TODAY– Ask your Senators to Oppose McCain Amendment #1482

DOD BCRP in Jeopardy TODAY– Ask your Senators to Oppose McCain Amendment #1482 | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it

**URGENT**: Call your Senators RIGHT NOW to save the Department of Defense ‪#‎BreastCancer‬ Research Program (DOD BCRP).
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is offering an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on the Senate floor TODAY which would do irreparable damage to the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. Please call your Senators NOW and give them the following message:
1. Please vote against the McCain Amendment #1482 to the NDAA
2. This amendment would do irreparable damage to the DOD BCRP – one of the most efficient, innovative and successful government programs.
3. As a breast cancer survivor/activist, the DOD BCRP is incredibly important to me and has produced results which have directly benefited survivors like me, including those who have served and currently serve our country in the armed forces.
Find your Senators here: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

OR use this Link: http://www.capwiz.com/aacr/dbq/officials/


Learn more about the DOD BCRP: http://www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org/…/priority-2-150-mi…;


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Don't “Fast Track” Away Our Health

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"Tomorrow, lawmakers will vote on a bill that would allow the President to quickly pass, i.e. “Fast Track,” an international trade deal that would be extremely detrimental to both breast cancer patients and breast cancer prevention.

This “Fast Track” bill would give the President the authority to push multinational trade deals, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), through Congress by restricting lawmakers’ ability to debate or amend these deals.

The TPP is a sweeping “free trade” deal negotiated in secret by the United States and 11 other countries, with the “help” of more than 600 corporate advisors, including institutions and corporations that produce policies or products linked to breast cancer like the American Chemistry Council and Chevron.

Leaked texts of the TPP shows that the trade deal threatens access to affordable, effective treatments for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and undermines efforts to reduce toxic exposures that increase our risk of breast cancer in the first place.

This "Fast Track" bill has already passed out of the Senate. The House plans to hold the final vote on “Fast Track” tomorrow. Thousands of activists are mobilizing against this bill.

Please join them and contact your Representative now to tell them not to “Fast Track” away our health!"


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Susan Zager's curator insight, June 11, 2015 4:45 PM

This is about making sure we have innovation with pharmaceutical companies, access to medicines and stop the use of toxic chemicals in products that cause disease especially cancer. 


To TAKE ACTION go to: http://cqrcengage.com/bcaction/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=108537


To find out more about the issue here are some articles. 

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/6/11/backlash_against_tpp_grows_as_leaked


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/11/business/international/us-shifts-stance-on-drug-pricing-in-pacific-trade-pact-talks-document-reveals.html?_r=0


For nfo on the bill go to: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/06/10/business/international/document-annex-of-proposed-pacific-trade-accord.html







Susan Zager's curator insight, June 11, 2015 5:19 PM

This is about making sure we have innovation with pharmaceutical companies, access to medicines and stop the use of toxic chemicals in products that cause disease especially cancer. 


To TAKE ACTION go to: http://cqrcengage.com/bcaction/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=108537


To find out more about the issue here are some articles. 

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/6/11/backlash_against_tpp_grows_as_leaked


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/11/business/international/us-shifts-stance-on-drug-pricing-in-pacific-trade-pact-talks-document-reveals.html?_r=0


For nfo on the bill go to: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/06/10/business/international/document-annex-of-proposed-pacific-trade-accord.html

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Powerful films from 5 young people: What health inequality looks like in the US

Powerful films from 5 young people: What health inequality looks like in the US | Advocacy Action & Issues in Cancer | Scoop.it
For some of us, it's easy to choose to be healthy -- to eat well, to exercise, to live in a part of town with trees and parks. But for many more of us, it isn't easy, and we don’t have that choice....

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