- Krispy Kreme coming to Cape Girardeau (12/14/17)2
- Light and music show: Jackson family goes high-tech with Christmas display (12/11/17)
- Two Cape County residents, including former Jackson police officer, face burglary charges in Colorado (12/12/17)
- Cape schools to get two new principals, assistant superintendent (12/13/17)1
- Kelso resident brings home $60K in lottery winnings (12/14/17)
- Three-vehicle wreck ends up with parked car crashing through business wall (12/16/17)3
- Insurance building's renovation part of Coalter family's commitment to region (12/15/17)3
- New regents president named after Knudtson decides not to seek second term (12/18/17)
- Southeast rings bell for 807 December graduates (12/18/17)
Push for more cancer research
To the editor:As a loved one, caregiver and friend of someone with cancer, I have seen first-hand the impact cancer has on individuals and families, young and old. And as a volunteer advocate with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), I recognize the importance of the government's role in helping to prevent and fight cancer.
I am excited to be part of the grassroots army that ACS CAN is mobilizing to encourage elected officials at all levels of government to enact policies that help people fight cancer and ultimately save lives. On Sept. 24 in Washington, D.C., I joined more than 500 cancer advocates from every state for national lobby day.
We met with our representatives in Congress and asked them to join us in the fight against cancer. Specifically, we asked our federal legislators to increase access to cancer screenings and treatments, boost federal funding for cancer research, raise the federal tax on tobacco products and give the Food and Drug Administration the long-overdue authority to regulate tobacco products. With 1.4 million Americans being diagnosed with cancer every year and 560,000 dying needlessly, elected officials must commit to helping in the fight against this deadly disease.
SHARON ANN SPENCE, Perryville, Mo.