TRENTON, NJ – “Today, the New Jersey legislature passed the state’s operating budget. Included in that budget was an increase of $1.5 million in funding for the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) program for a total of $5 million.
“The NJCEED program provides comprehensive outreach, education, and screening services for breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancers. These cancers are more easily treated when detected early, leading to less deadly consequences. Since the pandemic began, state aid for NJCEED had been reduced. With hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans being forced to delay screening during the COVID-19 crisis, it was critical that the legislature increase our investment in NJCEED.
“The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) commends the legislature for recognizing the significance of this program and other cancer fighting initiatives and looks forward to seeing Gov. Murphy sign the budget. By maintaining and increasing funding for these programs, they have prioritized reducing the burden of cancer in New Jersey. This year alone, there will be an estimated 55,730 new cancer cases and 15,710 cancer deaths in New Jersey.”
About ACS CAN at 20
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) makes cancer a top priority for policymakers at every level of government. ACS CAN empowers volunteers across the country to make their voices heard to influence evidence-based public policy change that saves lives. We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer. Since 2001, as the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN has successfully advocated for billions of dollars in cancer research funding, expanded access to quality affordable health care, and made workplaces, including restaurants and bars, smoke-free. As we mark our 20th anniversary, we’re more determined than ever to stand together with our volunteers and save more lives from cancer. Join the fight by visiting www.fightcancer.org.