Cancer survivor rallies in D.C.

CONCORD – On Sept. 29 more than 750 cancer patients, survivors, volunteers and staff from all 50 states united in Washington, D.C., as part of the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Leadership Summit and Lobby Day.

Dr. Carolyn Claussen, of Bedford, met with New Hampshire lawmakers to discuss the need to support an increase in federal funding for cancer research. She also asked them to co-sponsor legislation that supports patients’ quality of life and support legislation that would close a loophole in Medicare that often results in surprise costs for seniors when a polyp is found during a routine colonoscopy.

"One in two men and one in three women will hear the words ‘you have cancer’ in their lifetime. We need a full and unwavering commitment from Congress to take action to help prevent and treat cancer," Claussen said.