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Thune joins Congressional health coalitions

Senator joins fight against cancer, heart disease

February 9, 2005

Washington, D.C. —  Senator John Thune joined both the Senate Cancer Coalition and the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition today, task forces designed to raise awareness and enhance public healthy policy.

“Cancer and heart disease are top killers in America,” said Thune, R-SD. “Congress has a responsibility to raise awareness and support research to treat and cure diseases. I’m proud to join these important health coalitions to help improve Americans’ health.”

The bipartisan Senate Cancer Coalition, created in 1994, consists of senators with a deep concern about cancer issues, including research, education, prevention and treatment. The Cancer Coalition holds hearings focused on the wide range of cancer issues and promotes initiatives to improve cancer prevention and treatment. Over 1,500 South Dakotans die from cancer each year.

The Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition is aimed at raising awareness of the significance and gravity of cardiovascular diseases. The Coalition includes nearly 200 Members of Congress and works to improve public policy regarding cardiovascular disease. It also acts as a resource center on heart and stroke issues, including biomedical research, health care, and disease prevention. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America.