Cancer Patients and Survivors Return to the Statehouse to Rally Legislators

Texas Must Do Better to Reduce the Burden of Cancer by Passing Fact-Based Legislation

February 22, 2023

AUSTIN, TX – After three years of virtual Cancer Action Days, cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers from across the state traveled to the capitol in Austin to meet in person with their elected officials. They reminded legislators of their commitment to do all they could to prevent and treat cancer.

Advocates urged state lawmakers to prioritize the passage of legislation that could increase cancer survivability rates. Dubbed ‘the right treatment at the right time,’ access to precision medicine like biomarker testing has played a critical role in improving cancer outcomes.

Furthermore, cancer volunteers ask lawmakers to honor their commitment to utilizing state funding for cancer research through the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Cancer research saves lives, and few states are better positioned to benefit from cancer research investments than Texas.

In 2022, an estimated 139,320 Texans were diagnosed with cancer, and 43,490 died from the devastating disease. Cancer survivors at the capitol call upon Texas lawmakers to change this by continuing their commitment to make the fight against cancer a priority.