By Steve Purcell on
Lance Armstrong is asking the public to join his foundation’s fight against cancer by signing a petition calling for changes to the US government’s health priorities.
President Bush recently signed a bill to reauthorize the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection program, an initiative that provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings to uninsured and low-income women.
However, current funding will only cover treatment for one in five eligible women. Lance describes this situation as “not good enough”.
In a statement made on behalf of his foundation, Armstrong said, “We know, and the Institute of Medicine confirms, that low-income women are three times more likely to die from breast cancer. Why? This same group is less likely to get screened and more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage cancer. In other words, we could prevent these deaths. In fact, one-third of the 560,000 cancer deaths that occur in the United States each year could be prevented by applying what we already know about prevention, screening and early detection.”
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