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Government Shutdown Won't Stop Our Cancer Fight
Government Shutdown Won't Stop Our Cancer Fight

Though our national government may temporarily shutdown, the American Cancer Society’s 24/7 fight for a world with more birthdays will continue on

Amherst, NY (April 8, 2011) - There’s a very real possibility, when the government shuts down, that cancer patients with burning questions or smokers who want to quit may find no one at the other end of government-funded hotlines. But help, answers, and most of all hope, are available now and will continue to be available through the American Cancer Society.

“Patient navigation is the way the American Cancer Society is best equipped to improve quality of life for cancer patients,” said Kristina Thomson, interim senior vice president, cancer control, American Cancer Society of New York and New Jersey. “One of our highest priorities is to help patients make well-informed decisions and access prompt, quality care.”

Aside from some of the more obvious implications of a government shutdown, programs that help cancer patients may be effected. For example, patient information hotlines, such as 800-4- CANCER, would not be staffed in the shutdown. Also calls to federally funded tobacco quitlines may go unanswered.

However, resources on cancer and smoking cessation can be found, free of charge, from the American Cancer Society regardless of what happen with the Federal budget crisis and possible government shutdown.

Information and Local Support
The American Cancer Society operates a free cancer information hotline to provide people with answers to their questions about cancer, all day and all night. Everything from the latest science, information on recovery and where to find local resources can be found 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-227-2345.

Operators can even help register you for free local support services offered by the American Cancer Society. Programs like I Can Cope, Reach to Recovery, Look Good...Feel Better, Man To Man and Road to Recovery can help patients and their loved ones understand cancer, manage their lives through treatment and recovery, and find the emotional support they need. Best of all, all help is free.

Quit Smoking Now
Tobacco use significantly raises your risk of developing cancer and a government shutdown should not delay your decision to quit smoking. But the decision to quit must be your and the American Cancer Society can show you how. Resources are available online at cancer.org. Additionally, the American Cancer Society's hotline can connect you with localized smoking cessation programs like the New York State Smokers Quitline. Smoking is responsible for almost 9 out of 10 lung cancer deaths. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, and is one of the hardest cancers to treat.

Additional Resources:
Need Answers? 1-800-227-2345
American Cancer Society Patient Services
Tobacco and Cancer
Guide to Quitting Smoking


About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.


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