Governor Signs Budget with American Cancer Society’s Priorities

Rick Scott signed the state budget for the new fiscal year and it includes funding for all three of the ACS CAN Florida Division's legislative priorities

Governor Signs Budget with American Cancer Society's Priorities
As a volunteer for our local Fernandina Beach/Yulee Relay for Life, I recently received the following email and I want to share it with you! -Judie

Governor Rick Scott signed the state budget for the new fiscal year beginning July 1st, and it includes funding for all three of the ACS CAN Florida Division’s legislative priorities:

Mary Brogan Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program – The program will receive $1.8 million in state funding, the highest amount ever provided by the legislature. This marks the third year in a row that Florida has invested its own dollars to augment the federal screening program for medically-underserved women.

Biomedical Research – The King and Bankhead-Coley Programs will receive $10 million each for FY 2014-15 for a total of $20 million for Florida’s competitively bid, peer-reviewed programs. A number of institutions engaged in cancer research in Florida also received direct funding for a total of $35.3 million allocated specifically for biomedical research. Additionally, $60 million will be provided to Florida-based cancer centers to help those institutions either preserve or attain their NCI designation. In sum, a total of $95.3 million will be invested in cancer treatment and research for the coming year.

Tobacco Prevention and Education – The program will receive $66.6 million for FY 2014-15, with all contracts awarded through the state to now include performance measures and measurable outcomes based upon the Centers for Disease Control’s best practices.

A detailed 2014 Session Summary can be accessed using the following link:

We are grateful to the Governor and Legislature for their leadership in funding these mission critical programs that will help reduce cancer incidence and mortality in our state. Most of all, thank you for your unwavering commitment to our mission, and for the important role YOU played in a highly successful legislative session.

Yours in the Fight,

Heather Youmans
Florida Government Relations Director
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

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1 Comment

  1. Bob Stine

    I like to hear that funding for Tobacco Prevention and Education is being approved. We have known the cause and effect for decades and now our children will know.

    I am sad that there is not “prevention education” for various cancers. There is a lot of information available. Many of our foods and environment conditions are “linked” to cancer.
    We must help the sick, but if we don’t focus on prevention, it’s like bailing the water with out plugging the leak. I worry that these big organization focus on the business of fighting cancer and not the research and education of the cause.

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