Cancer Advocates Send ‘SOS’ to OK Capitol: Save Our Screenings to Save Lives

April 12, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY – Cancer survivors, health professionals and students will convene at the Capitol on Monday, April 16, seeking restoration of the state’s Colorectal Cancer Screening Fund and protection for current life-saving programs.

Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest type of cancer in Oklahoma, and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteers hope meetings with lawmakers will garner support for a new Colorectal Cancer Screening Fund and the protection of Take Charge!, the state’s breast and cervical cancer early detection program. In 2017, the Legislature used valuable screening dollars that had been appropriated to the State Health Department to help balance the 2018 budget. The Legislature swept any remaining dollars from the Colorectal Cancer Screening Fund, permanently closing it.

Low-cost to no-cost cancer screenings save lives – especially for those who avoid the hospital because of dollar signs at a detriment of their health. Colorectal cancer is a disease that can be treated successfully if found early enough or even prevented altogether with the removal of polyps during a colonoscopy.

ACS CAN volunteers will applaud two pillars of the community as they are recognized for their cancer-fighting efforts. Rep. John Echols present a citation to the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic for dramatically increasing the number of cancer screenings in 2017. Rep. Scott McEachin will then recognize Tulsa’s Gastroenterology Specialists Inc. providing life-saving colorectal cancer screenings at a reduced cost.

WHAT:               Day at the Capitol


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741 North Phillips Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73104

Oklahoma State Capitol


Monday, April 16 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Times of note: Remarks from speakers begin at 10 a.m., legislative meetings to start at 1:45 p.m. Lunch buffet starts at 11:30 a.m.