Democratic lawmaker to form cancer caucus

Democratic lawmaker to form cancer caucus



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A state lawmaker says she's forming the Utah Cancer Caucus to address the growing health care needs of cancer patients.

Rep. Susan Duckworth, D-Magna, says the caucus will consist of cancer victims, caregivers, researchers and lawmakers. The caucus' first meeting will be Feb. 17.

Duckworth says Utah needs to do more to improve cancer prevention, detection and access to cancer services.

A resolution sponsored by Duckworth says about 8,000 Utah residents will be diagnosed with cancer and nearly 3,000 residents will die from the disease this year.

Duckworth said Friday that Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman also has agreed to designate March as Utah Cancer Awareness Month.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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