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Letter: New York shouldn’t cut cancer screening funds

New York shouldn’t cut cancer screening funds

Some 110,280 New Yorkers will hear the shocking news this year that they have cancer. I am a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and a Social Security disability attorney, helping those unable to work due to catastrophic illnesses like cancer. Therefore, I was happy to learn the New York State Senate and Assembly have restored funding to the crucial New York State Cancer Services Program in their budget proposals. This program provides lifesaving cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured patients.

Last fiscal year, over 28,000 New York State residents were screened thanks to this program. A reduction in funding for the program would impact New Yorkers by taking away their access to this type of screening. Given the national landscape and uncertainty surrounding health care coverage, cuts to the program are even more concerning.

Cancer screenings can detect cancer in people who do not have any symptoms. Detecting cancer at its earlier, more treatable stage can save lives as well as health care dollars.

During budget negotiations, I ask our state legislators to fully fund these lifesaving cancer screenings.

Amanda R. Jordan-Pugh

East Amherst

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