LIVESTRONG founder Lance Armstrong is urging the Texas Legislature to make the state "a leader in the fight against cancer."
The seven-time Tour de France champion wrote lawmakers that they can save lives and taxpayers' money by:
- Passing a statewide, indoor smoke-free workplace law that protects all Texans from secondhand smoke; and
- Renewing full funding for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), "so it can continue to drive cutting-edge research and innovative cancer screening and prevention programs."
"Cancer is one of the biggest killers in the state. But it doesn't have to be that way. The moment you reconvene in Austin, I urge you to make it your top priority to pass both of these commonsense, widely supported initiatives," Mr. Armstrong wrote.
TMA's Physician Oncology Education Program (POEP) received a $350,000 CPRIT grant in 2011. POEP gives Texas physicians, physicians-in-training, and those in training to become physicians the knowledge and skills necessary to reduce cancer morbidity and mortality through collaboration among the public, private, and volunteer sectors of the state.
Action, May 1, 2012