This is why we need cancer prevention.

Mira: My amazing daughter's fight against cancer

"To properly understand why each of us needs to care so much about eradicating the causes of this disease, I believe that you have to envision a child that you love going through this hell. Our children are not statistics."
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Kristen: Too many lost to cancer

"Kristen died less than a month ago, at 42 years old, leaving behind our good friend--her husband--and their beautiful 7 year old daughter."
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Vince: 25-year-old cancer survivor

"It’s a really humbling experience to let everyone see that you’re going through a serious disease that you don't even know the outcome of. You're walking around extremely pale, worn out, and have no hair anywhere on your body. Everyone is literally seeing you slowly get killed."
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CJ: I'm 32 and battling cancer.

"It’s not what I was expecting to hear when I went to the doctor. Three months ago, I went to urgent care, thinking I would walk out with a Z-pack and a prescription for rest and chicken soup. However, three ultrasounds and a biopsy later, I found out I had thyroid cancer."
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Alan: Asbestos can take your breath away, forever

"What many don’t realize is that asbestos is still legal and lethal in the United States, tragically impacting families. I know because it happened to us."
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Jennae: When it comes to cancer, I say why take a chance

"The doctors have told us over and over that they don’t know what causes the disease, and also that there is nothing we could have done to cause or prevent it. But that begs the question: If you don’t know what causes it, how can you be so certain that it couldn't have been prevented?"
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Beka: Battling breast cancer at 35

"When I was 35, I decided to go in for my first mammogram. I admit, it was a bit earlier than most women, but I had that soft internal voice telling me it was better to go in sooner rather than later. I’m glad I did. They found breast cancer."
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Karen: Congress should prioritize prevention

"I was born and raised in northeastern Ohio where, at age 16, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is an endocrine cancer that typically occurs in post-menopausal women, not teenage girls. It is a deadly cancer that I was lucky to survive."
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Polly: Safe Chemicals Act, it's anything but extreme

"After a long night in the E.R. followed by surgery to repair a mysterious hole in my husband's stomach, we learned the bitter truth. Doug had cancer, to be specific, Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare disease with no known genetic link. The next two and a half years were a period of extreme suffering and upheaval for my husband and our young family. In the end, Doug died at the age of 35."
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