Cancer patients, survivors and advocates from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) rallied at the Capitol in Annapolis today in support of raising the minimum sales age for all tobacco products to 21, prohibiting minors under the age of 18 from using tanning devices and other cancer prevention issues.
Capacity Crowd at Rhode Island Research Breakfast
PROVIDENCE, RI – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) hosted its annual Cancer Research Breakfast earlier today at the Roger Williams Park Casino. The event featured leaders in public health and cancer treatment who discussed the latest breakthroughs in the battle against cancer.
Emceed by Vic Vetters from WJAR, the event featured: Ana Novais, MA, from the State Department of Health; Steven Katz, MD, of Roger Williams Medical Center; Thomas Renaud, MD, of Hasbro Children's Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital; Angela Taber, MD, of Lifespan Cancer Institute; and, Duncan Whitney, PhD of Janssen Oncology Research and Development.
“We are very proud to bring together some of the brightest minds in our state to share their thoughts on the current state of cancer prevention and treatment,” said Robert Dulski, government relations director for ACS CAN in Rhode Island. “This annual event also is an outstanding way to understand more about how public policy might support the best science against this disease.”
This year, the American Cancer Society estimates that 5,970 people in Rhode Island will be diagnosed with cancer and 2,180 will die from the disease. Additionally, 62,770 people in the state are estimated to have survived a cancer diagnosis.
More than 175 people attended the breakfast, including patients, physicians and public health advocates in the state. This is the fifth consecutive year that ACS CAN has hosted this event in Rhode Island.
About ACS CAN
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is making cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state and local levels. ACS CAN empowers advocates across the country to make their voices heard and influence evidence-based public policy change as well as legislative and regulatory solutions that will reduce the cancer burden. As the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is critical to the fight for a world without cancer. For more information, visit www.fightcancer.org.