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CFE’s Agenda for the Biden-Harris Administration

We all want to live and work in a safe and healthy community with clean air, clean water, and food that doesn’t make us sick. We all want children to grow up free from the burden of cancer and preventable diseases. Yet, cancer remains a burden devastating far too many in the U.S.

 

President Biden and Vice President Harris have an opportunity to build back better a new economy dedicated to protecting everyone’s health, addressing racial injustices, and building fair and equitable opportunities. 

 

A Path to Cancer Prevention and Environmental Equity: The Cancer Free Economy Network’s Agenda for the Biden-Harris Administration lays out the steps necessary to begin to repair the damage done by the previous administration and sets a course for environmental justice.

“There is a great need to fix the damage done to public health and environmental protections during the previous administration. But there is an even greater need to go beyond repairs and build a regulatory structure that frees all people from the burden of toxic exposures that increase cancer risks.”

— Kathryn Alcantar, Co-Lead of CFE’s Policy and Legal group; Policy Director at the Center for Environmental Health.

POLICY CAN SHIFT THE ECONOMY AND PREVENT MANY CANCERS

Our current model of economic progress puts all of us at risk from exposure to carcinogens. With 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women estimated to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, cancers in children climbing rapidly, and Black, Brown and Indigenous communities facing even higher exposures to air pollution and toxic chemicals, our elected officials must do more. 

 

That’s why we’ve released A Path to Cancer Prevention and Environmental Equity: The Cancer Free Economy Network’s Agenda for the Biden-Harris Administration. Now we just need your help to get them to listen.

Take Action to Prevent Cancer

Rise Up for Cancer Prevention
  1. Contact your elected officials and tell them you support the plan laid out in A Path to Cancer Prevention and Environmental Equity: The Cancer Free Economy Network’s Agenda for the Biden-Harris Administration, then read and sign on to CFE’s Statement of Solidarity with Frontline Communities.
  2. Sign up for CFE’s Advocacy Action list to receive periodic emails with opportunities to take action.
  3. Read the Joint Statement on Cancer Prevention, signed by major cancer and health leaders calling for greater action to reduce cancers by addressing environmental risk factors. Share the videos on social media.
  4. Support our efforts to prevent childhood cancer by downloading the Childhood Cancer: Cross-Sector Strategies for Prevention report and signing the public statement of support here.
  5. View and share the documentary film Unacceptable Risk on notable cancer researcher, and renowned cancer prevention advocate, Dr. Margaret Kripke.
“The same generations of systemic discriminations that have resulted in Black and Brown communities disproportionately suffering from the pandemic are also driving the stark racial inequities in several types of cancer.”

— Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, CFE Health & Science Co-Lead; Executive Director, Children’s Environmental Health Network

Taking Action on Cancer Disparities

We all want to live in a safe and healthy community with clean air, clean water, and food that doesn’t make us sick, where we are treated with dignity and respect. COVID-19 has opened a raw discussion about our health and the significant and life-threatening disparities that exist across the nation.

 

Black, Brown and Indigenous communities face higher exposures to air pollution and toxic chemicals that increase their risk of cancer and other diseases–preventable illnesses that also make them more vulnerable to COVID-19. It’s time to do more!

If you believe that we can do more to prevent cancer by
replacing harmful chemicals

we invite you to join us.

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