Cancer is the No. 1 killer of Americans under age 85. In Washington alone, an estimated 7,450 people will die from the disease this year. As a cancer survivor and caregiver, I hope everyone finds these numbers unacceptable. It is time to recommit our nation to the war on cancer - and that challenge begins here at home.

This summer and fall, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is bringing the cancer fight to our backyards through a nationwide bus tour. The Fight Back Express Bus will be in Seaside, Ore., on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will continue on the road through Election Day, Nov. 4, building a grassroots movement united in its mission to defeat cancer and determined to put cancer at the top of the nationís agenda.

ACS CAN, the sister advocacy organization of the American Cancer Society, is committed to evidence-based policy and legislation that boost cancer research funding at all levels; broaden access to cancer prevention methods, early detection tools and treatment; and strengthen tobacco control measures.

Find out more about the ACS CAN Fight Back Express at www.acscan.org and let your voice be one of the millions heard across the country this election season in support of making cancer a top national priority.

Too many of us continue to lose loved ones who fought valiantly to win their personal wars against cancer. It is time to fight back. If one person can battle this disease, a nation can defeat it.

Mavis Shucka

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Volunteer

Long Beach

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