Cancer initiative raises awareness among voters
Video story by Heather Houston – WUFT-TV
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is raising awareness about cancer-related issues with the hope of making the disease a priority topic during the upcoming 2012 election. The Cancer Votes initiative brought its efforts to Gainesville Wednesday.
Ryanne Doumet/WUFT News
Scarlott Mueller, registered nurse and coordinator for Cancer Votes worked with Kimberly Barton of the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections office to register voters Tuesday at Gainesville North Florida Regional Medical Center.
Cancer Votes set up a table at the North Florida Regional Medical Center to encourage voters to keep cancer in mind when casting their ballots.
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Scarlott Mueller said cancer is the second most deadly disease in America and is quickly becoming the first.
“We have tried to reach out to all across the state really and will continue to between now and election day to raise awareness and get as many people involved — including students — in this campaign,” Mueller said.
Cancer Votes is also compiling information on each candidate’s stance on the issue of cancer. Mueller said Cancer Votes won’t stop its efforts until it sees better results.
Emily Miller edited this story online.
More Stories in Health and Science
Florida health officials are warning people to stay away from armadillos as they may be the cause of recent leprosy cases in the state. There have been nine cases reported in the last seven months, but none have been reported in Alachua.
Hospitals around Florida are working to create initiatives to help mothers and future mothers with breastfeeding.The Florida Health Department connected with hospitals in 15 counties in June to participate in the Healthiest Weight Florida’s Baby Steps to Baby Friendly Initiative.
Andrew Tatum battled multiple addictions with hard drugs and junk food. Now he finds peace and purpose in biking and blogging about his struggles in order to help others.
Brain Works in Gainesville uses auditory training to treat learning disabilities and brain trauma. It’s helped 13-year-old Nate with his dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia, but scientists question how effective the treatment really is.
A new study has found that muscadine grape seed oil can help reduce obesity. Containing a vitamin E derivative, the oil can help prevent the formation of new fat cells.