Ely—The Cancer Votes Wagon is on a roll throughout Nevada, making cancer an election issue.  Likely voters in Nevada strongly favor increasing federal investments in medical research for cancer, according to a new poll released by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) as part of its Cancer Votes campaign.

Courtesy photo ACS CAN volunteer and Ely resident Christina Sawyer road aboard the Cancer Votes Wagon as she joined others making cancer an election issue.

Courtesy photo
ACS CAN volunteer and Ely resident Christina Sawyer road aboard the Cancer Votes Wagon as she joined others making cancer an election issue.

The Cancer Votes Wagon stopped off in Ely to hand out voter guides for the Presidential and U.S. Senate races as well as gather signatures from Ely voters who want to see increased investments in cancer research.  The Cancer Votes volunteers first visited with residents at City Park at noon, then swung by the Ridley Market at 1 p.m. before finishing up outside William B. Ririe Hospital at 2 p.m.

Cancer patients, survivors and volunteers were spreading the word that this year close to 5,000 Nevadans will die from cancer and another 15,000 will be diagnosed with the devastating disease.> > “We are asking Nevada voters to sign a petition calling for more federal funding for cancer research,” said Nevada ACS CAN Government Relations Director Tom McCoy. “Now is not the time to slow down on cancer research—not when so many advancements in research are saving more lives than ever.”> >

One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, so cancer as an election issue is highly relevant to Americans. Despite the fact voters feel urgency around the government increasing federal funding, they don’t feel they hear candidates talking enough about funding for cancer research. The poll findings were released as part of ACS CAN’s statewide voter education campaign Cancer Votes.> >

ACS CAN reminds Nevada voters and candidates that policy enacted in Washington, D.C. can have a direct impact on people here in Nevada. Despite Congress giving the largest funding increase in more than a decade at the end of last year, when accounting for medical inflation, current funding levels are well below where they were a decade ago.> >

ACS CAN is calling on Congress to commit to build on the bipartisan-supported increase last year by boosting the federal investment in cancer research by $680 million this year.> >

As part of its Cancer Votes campaign, ACS CAN asked U.S. Senate candidates Republican Joe Heck and Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto to state their commitments to reducing the cancer burden, a disease that continues to kill nearly 5,000 people every year in the Silver State.>

Because policy decisions made on Capitol Hill are critical to the cancer fight, ACS CAN sent questionnaires asking both candidates, who are vying to replace Sen. Harry Reid, to state their positions on cancer research funding.  Click here for their answers: http://cancervotes.org/guides/nevada/us-senate/.> > ACS CAN is strictly nonpartisan and does not endorse, oppose or contribute to any candidate or political party. For more information about Cancer Votes, visit www.cancervotes.org.> >

ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit www.acscan.org.