Report: PA Falls Short in Cancer Fighting Policies

Report: PA Falls Short in Cancer Fighting Policies


3 ((CANDICE)) NEARLY 80- THOUSAND PENNSYLVANIANS WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER THIS YEAR. IT POINTS TO THE IMPORTANCE OF IMPROVED ACCESS TO SCREENINGS AND TREATMENT. BUT IS THE COMMONWEALTH DOING ENOUGH TO CURB THE CANCER NUMBERS? EYEWITNESS NEWS HEALTHBEAT REPORTER MARK HILLER IS HERE TO EXPLAIN… MARK. 3 ((MARK)) CANDICE, IN A WORD — NO, ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT. WHILE IT SHOWS PENNSYLVANIA HAS MADE PROGRESS, IT CONCLUDES THE COMMONWEALTH MUST DO MORE TO REDUCE CANCER-RELATED SUFFERING AND DEATH. 3 ((MARK HILLER REPORTS))The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s 17th edition of “How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality” finds the news isn’t all bad for Pennsylvania. (Emma Watson — PA Government Relations Director, ACS CAN) “You know there are some areas we’re doing well. Access to Medicaid, cigarette tax rates.” But the report finds as a whole, the Commonwealth lacks in six of eight evaluated issue areas to reduce the burden of cancer in the community. One of the biggest? Eliminating smoking in public places which Pennsylvania lawmakers addressed in 2008 by passing the Clean Indoor Air Act.(Emma Watson — PA Government Relations Director, ACS CAN )”It was a step in the right direction however there were many exemptions in that law.”Those exemptions include casinos, private clubs and some bars.(Emma Watson — PA Government Relations Director, ACS CAN )”So our concern is really for employees who are working in these establishments, eight hour shifts, ten hour shifts, breathing in second hand smoke.”Hiller asks, “Where does Pennsylvania then strike that balance between expanding the Clean Indoor (Air) Act and allowing business to conduct itself?”(Emma Watson — PA Government Relations Director, ACS CAN )”There has never been an independent study that has shown a negative impact on the hospitality industry from clean indoor air laws.”Another key area in which Pennsylvania falls short in the report is tobacco prevention and cessation program funding. (Emma Watson — PA Government Relations Director, ACS CAN ) “Comprehensive, adequately funded tobacco cessation programs really make a difference when it comes to rates of use, when it comes to reducing tobacco related disease.”Besides saving lives, Watson says more program funding will save Pennsylvania millions in long-term health care costs.(Emma Watson — PA Government Relations Director, ACS CAN )”So while we are happy when there are not cuts to these programs, we would love to see a bigger investment.” 3 ((MARK)) THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CANCER ACTION NETWORK REPORT PUTS PENNSYLVANIA IN A POOR LIGHT FOR ITS INDOOR TANNING REGULATIONS. HEAD TO PA HOME PAGE dot COM TO READ THE FULL REPORT. WITH THE HEALTHBEAT, MARK HILLER, EYEWITNESS NEWS. 3 ((CANDICE)) NEW RESEARCH REVEALS TROUBLING FINDINGS ABOUT MEETING HEALTHCARE NEEDS OF A GROWING ETHNIC POPULATION IN NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA. IT FINDS MANY HISPANIC AND

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