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To the Editor:

Significant advancements have been made in our efforts to reduce suffering and death from cancer in the United States. However, a lot of work remains to be done.

Research suggests that 45 percent of all cancer deaths are preventable and caused by factors such as tobacco use, lack of exercise, poor diet and not receiving regular, recommended cancer screenings. Policymakers play a crucial role in the fight against cancer by supporting laws that help reduce the toll of the disease.

Tennessee is falling short on legislative efforts to combat cancer, according to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s 17th annual How Do You Measure Up? report. The report evaluates each state’s legislative activity on issues such as access to care, cancer prevention and tobacco control. Tennessee measured up in one of eight critical benchmarks measured in the report.

State policymakers must act now. Tennessee cannot miss opportunities to enact policies that could save money and, most importantly, save lives

Misty Oblak

Murfreesboro

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