Benninghoff Convenes Bipartisan Cancer Caucus
3/11/2013

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) today in Harrisburg convened the first meeting of the new legislative session of the bipartisan House Cancer Caucus, a group of legislators from across the Commonwealth committed to advancing cancer-combatting initiatives. 

“Almost every Pennsylvanian’s life has been directly affected by cancer,” Benninghoff said.  “In many instances, state policy is decided based on numbers and statistics.  Our goal as the House Cancer Caucus is to make sure the personal stories of cancer patients, cancer survivors and those who have succumbed to cancer make it into the policy debate.  We want to look past the numbers to discover the names of the people whose lives have been affected by cancer.” 

Fourteen state House members attended today’s initial caucus meeting. 

The state legislators met with representatives from various organizations, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the American Lung Association. 

Representatives from leading health care organizations GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Adventis also attended the meeting, as did agents from the Winter Group and the Bravo Group, two issue advocacy organizations that have worked on health care-related legislation in the past and operate out of Harrisburg. 

“Crafting good state policies requires an open discussion with various stakeholders,” Benninghoff said.  “We want everyone to feel like they have a voice as we try to identify measures to address cancer in Pennsylvania.” 

According to the American Cancer Society, there were more than 78,000 new cancer cases in Pennsylvania in 2012.  Nearly 29,000 Pennsylvanians died due to various cancers in 2012, ranking fifth in the United States behind California, Florida, Texas and New York. 

Representative Kerry Benninghoff
171st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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