ACS CAN reacts to Gov. Dayton’s budget proposal, cancer diagnosis

January 24, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Jan. 24, 2017) –Gov. Mark Dayton released his proposed budget today and disclosed a recent cancer diagnosis. Ellie Beaver, Minnesota government relations director for American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), issued the following statement in reaction.

“The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is pleased that the governor’s proposed budget fully funds important programs such as SAGE, a breast and cervical cancer early detection program, and the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership. These important programs help prevent cancer or catch it at an earlier, more treatable phase.

We ask the legislature to consider the needs of cancer patients, their families and friends, as well as the health of all Minnesotans, as they review the governor’s budget proposal.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 30,000 people in Minnesota will be newly diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Today we learned that Gov. Mark Dayton is one of those people. I myself am a cancer survivor. He and all Minnesotans who face a cancer diagnosis have my heartfelt concern and support in the journey ahead.”


ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.  ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit

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Jennifer Amundson
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Eagan, Minn.