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Cancer prevention advocates have long called for Indiana to raise its cigarette tax – something the state hasn’t done in eight years.  But this session, it’s not health concerns but a road funding priority that’s finally generating momentum for the controversial move.

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American Cancer Society officials say Indiana lawmakers should explore ways to help incentivize Hoosiers to quit smoking.

Apart from health advocacy organizations like the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, groups such as the Indiana Chamber of Commerce are part of the fight to reduce smoking.

For two years, one of the group’s legislative priorities has been eliminating the Smoker’s Bill of Rights.

Indiana Falling Short In Cancer Prevention Efforts

Aug 21, 2014

A new report from the American Cancer Society‘s Cancer Action Network says most states - including Indiana - are falling far short in the battle against cancer.

The report, now in its 12th year, says 75% of states aren‘t making progress in passing or strengthening policies that aid in addressing cancer issues.

The report says almost 36,000 Hoosiers will be diagnosed with cancer this year and about 13,000 of them will die from it.

Government Relations Director Brianna Herndon says Indiana scored well in only one of 12 benchmarks.

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The American Cancer Society says Indiana has improved significantly when it comes to pain management policies.  But a report from the Society’s Cancer Action Network says the state still has more to do.

There are only eight states that received less than a B from the Cancer Action Network in its report on pain management and patient care policies.  Indiana moved this year from a C-plus to a B. 

Network Associate Director David Woodmansee says that’s because of a new step taken by the State Medical Board.

The American Cancer Society and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids are among those calling on Indiana to spend more on tobacco prevention programs.  Currently, Indiana ranks 26th in the country in tobacco prevention funding with its $9.3 million appropriation for efforts this year. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend spending more than eight times that much. The state’s prevention funding has dropped nearly five million dollars since 2008.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month focusing on prevention

Oct 1, 2012

Breast cancer will claim the lives of 850 Indiana women this year.

Another nearly 4,500 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed in the state as well.

The American Breast Cancer Society hopes activities this month encourage women to take better care of themselves.

A community walking event to raise money for research will take place in Lafayette October 27th.

It is just one of more than 270 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks being held in communities around the nation during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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