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First Anniversary of New War on Cancer Marks Many Advances
Date:7/21/2009

rganizations to share their efforts and best practices in cancer prevention and survivorship. A link to a short survey can be accessed through the National Call to Action website at www.NCTAcancer.org. Answering the survey questions will help to identify and promote important programs and policies.

On another front in the new war on cancer, Richard Nares started the Emilio Nares Foundation in San Diego, CA after his son died of cancer. Nares was recently singled out for honors by President Obama during the 80(th) Major League All-Star Game in July. The Emilio Nares Foundation transports children to their cancer treatments and medical appointments and provides "Emilio Snack Bags" for children to take to their chemotherapy appointments. "You can wait hours for your appointment, and you can't leave your small child to go get a nutritious snack," said Nares. "I was lost when my son was diagnosed with cancer. I didn't know where to turn, so to have organizations to help at that point is just priceless. That is just one reason why the National Call to Action is so extremely important."

"National endeavors like the National Call to Action on Cancer Prevention and Survivorship help create more support for improving abilities and reducing barriers to navigating the health care system," said Angelina Esparza, R.N., director of the Patient Navigation program at the American Cancer Society. "The federal government has come out quite strongly in this area and the support of the U.S. Surgeons General brings further attention to the need and helps strengthen the argument. With the downturn of the economy, we are seeing more need for navigator services for insured and under-insured alike. Finding these resources has become part of our not-impossible challenge to develop a coordinated effort to help patients." Esparza also noted that the increased awar
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