State Assemblymember Marie Waldron– Approximately 187,000 Californians are diagnosed with cancer each year. Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in our state, exceeded only by heart disease. Unfortunately, in many underserved areas there is a disconnect between recent medical advances and patient access to lifesaving quality care.
There are hundreds of different types of cancer, requiring a vast array of complex treatments. Increasingly, cancer care is dependent on genetic and genomic testing individualized for each patient.
With many cancer patients unable to benefit from these advances, it is imperative that the Legislature make clear its support for prioritizing timely access to expert care. That’s why I’m a proud supporter of Senate Concurrent Resolution 11 (SCR-11), which expresses support for the Cancer Patients’ Bill of Rights. Read the full Bill of Rights here.
As your Assembly Representative, I will continue my efforts to ensure health care is accessible for all Californians. The Cancer Patients’ Bill of Rights is an important step in that direction.
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