Your elected officials want to hear from you! They need to know what is going on in their districts and it is up to you to tell them. We need you to ask Congress to support the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act.
In a Congressional office, every email or piece of mail is read and every call is answered or returned. The topic of the calls, emails and letters is logged in order to gauge and identify the needs and requests from the district served. The more times a certain issue is brought to the attention of the staff, the more likely it is that this issue will be brought to the direct attention of the Senator or Representative.
Simply put, the more people calling and emailing about lung cancer, the more likely that Senate or House office is to do something about it. Here’s how you can make your voice heard and help the lung cancer community.
We have an online tool to help you communicate directly with your Senators and Representatives. In a few clicks, you can send a personalized email directly to their offices asking for their support of the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act. The email is already written and contains information about lung cancer and the Act.
All you have to do is enter your name, street address and email address. This will ensure that your email gets to your elected leaders. There is also a section where you can include information about your connection to lung cancer. The personal stories make the difference, so if you are comfortable sharing yours, please do!
Here is the link: www.capwiz.com/lungcanceralliance. Click on it and make a difference today.
You can call your Congressional offices directly and tell the staff that lung cancer is important to you. Here are some talking points and helpful hints to help you get your message across. When you reach your Congressional offices or have a chance to leave a message, please be sure to:
- Provide your name and contact information and indicate that you are a constituent
- Share your connection to lung cancer
- Explain that you are calling to ask for your Member’s support of S.752 in the Senate and H.R.1394 in the House of Representatives, the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction.
- Describe the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act
- Introduced in both the Senate and House
- Calls for a comprehensive research plan addressing all aspects of lung cancer
- Includes a pilot screening program for those at high risk
- Tell why the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act is needed
- No plan has ever been developed for lung cancer
- Leading cause of cancer death; takes more lives than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers—combined
- Nearly 80% diagnosed are former or never smokers
- 30% of all cancer deaths are lung; we won’t see a decrease in overall cancer mortality until we address lung cancer.
Sending mail to the Washington, DC offices takes a very long time. It is sent to an offsite processing plant to check for hazardous materials. Then it is sent to the mailrooms of your Senators and Representatives. If you want to send a personal note, the best and most timely place to send to is the district office in your state.
Find your Senators’ addresses and phone numbers: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Find your Representative’s addresses and phone numbers: