Target: Republican Congressional Candidate Chris Collins
Goal: Make sure Candidate Collins acknowledges that breast and prostate cancer actually do kill, and tell him to retract his statement saying otherwise.
GOP Congressional Candidate Chris Collins says that healthcare is expensive and therefore ObamaCare should be repealed, because people simply do not die of cancer anymore. This is a grossly untrue statement, one that is disrespectful to those and the families of those who have passed away from cancer despite modern medicine. Candidate Collins needs to exercise more responsibility with his words and engage in some fact checking.
As reported by The Huffington Post, in an interview with The Batavian, Collins surmised, “People now don’t die from prostate cancer, breast cancer and some of the other things,” while discussing the need to repeal ObamaCare. “The fact of the matter is, our healthcare today is so much better, we’re living so much longer, because of innovations in drug development, surgical procedures, stents, implantable cardiac defibrillators, neural stimulators—they didn’t exist ten years ago.”
Besides using the term “fact” rather loosely here, Collins is wrong—plain and simple. The truth is, Candidate Collins is gravely mistaken, and the numbers prove it. According to The Huffington Post, via the American Cancer Society, an estimated 577,190 Americans will die from cancer this year alone—39,920 deaths due to breast cancer and 28,170 due to prostate cancer.
Furthermore, the probability of recovery from a cancer diagnosis is largely dependent on how early the cancer is detected. And as The Huffington Post concludes, uninsured people are less likely to find cancer in its early stages, making a cancer diagnosis harder to treat and often times a death warrant for the most vulnerable in our society.
Sign below to tell Congressional Candidate Collins that his notion of cancer-related mortality is false. He ought to retract his irresponsible statement, and apologize for his negligent words. Cancer and the suffering it causes should never be a political issue.
Dear Congressional Candidate Collins,
In a recent interview you completely misrepresented the numbers of fatality due to breast and prostate cancer in the United States.
Your “facts” that people do not die of breast or prostate cancer anymore are blatantly wrong. In fact, the American Cancer Society projects that 577,190 Americans will die of cancer this year alone, with 39,920 of these from breast cancer and 28,170 from prostate cancer.
It is irresponsible of you to project the false notion that no one dies of cancer anymore. Please do not disrespect the victims and families of people who have died and lost their loved ones to cancer by misrepresenting the situation.
[Your Name Here]