Statement on U.S. Rep. John Lewis Cancer Diagnosis
Washington, D.C. –U.S. Rep. John Lewis recently announced he has been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. A statement from Lisa Lacasse, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) follows:
“Our heartfelt concern goes out to Rep. Lewis during this time. Throughout the years, Rep. Lewis has been a strong voice for the most vulnerable populations, including cancer patients, survivors and their families. He has long been an ally of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network from his work on the Atlanta City Council throughout his time in Congress.
“We are encouraged by his commitment to channel the same boldness and perseverance he has taken in his fight for others in his personal journey ahead – and offer our support throughout.”
“This year more than 1.7 million Americans, including more than 50,000 Georgians, will be diagnosed with cancer. Rep. Lewis’ cancer diagnosis reinvigorates our efforts to advocate for proven public health policies that promote cancer prevention, early detection and expand access to quality, affordable health care.”
“On behalf of Rep. Lewis and all those who will be diagnosed this year, we will continue to work with our lawmakers at the federal and state level to pass measures that move us closer to world without cancer.”