Local oncologist goes to D.C. to advocate for cancer fighting legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Kathy Tarman, a local oncologist, and American Cancer Society Volunteer, just finished up a trip to the nation's capital where she advocated for cancer-fighting legislation and e-cigarette solutions.

Florida is among the worst in the nation when it comes to preventing cancer, receiving subpar scores in all eight categories measured in a new report by the American Cancer Society. (Carissa Rogers / CC BY 2.0)

She focused on increasing the funding for cancer research, palliative and hospice care, and removal of surprise billing on colorectal screenings.

This trip comes at a time in which more than 600,000 Americans will die each year from cancer, with more than eight thousand in Colorado alone.

However, Tarman states that she was most concerned about protecting teens from e-cigarettes, which have become widely popular and widely talked about across the country in recent months.

"I think we felt most passionate, I would say, around the e-cigarettes," says Tarman. We were really trying to get the support of our representatives and our senators to ya know, really see the dangers circulating around these e-cigarettes, and their flavoring, and how they are really marketing to the kids."

In the capital, Kathy met with other advocates to share ideas on how to combat teen tobacco use, such as implementing a tobacco cessation education program in middle and high schools.

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