The grants to the Sate Departments of Health and Human Services would provide funding to connect 5,000 cancer-afflicted Minnesota children and their parents to potentially life-saving research and offer lower cost care alternatives to 17,000 Minnesotans with Alzheimer's disease.
Forum Communications highlighted some of the other impacts of Sen. Hann's decision:
Dayton and his commissioners said thousands of Minnesota could lose health assistance in the next five years, including:
– Those who could benefit from $18 million in aid to people with chronic diseases.
– Children who could receive cancer diagnosis quicker.
– More than a million Minnesotans who use private wells for drinking water; a federal program provides money to manage the wells.
Diabetes is a serious disease with life-threatening complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputation.
In the United States, nearly 26 million people have diabetes and an additional 79 million people are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 if current trends continue.
An increase in community awareness is necessary to fight and put a stop to this trend.
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In 2010, lung cancer was the leading cause of cancer death in Minnesota, the United States and the world. Among men, 90 percent of these lung cancer deaths are attributed to smoking. Among women, that number is 80 percent. However, because lung cancer can be caused by secondhand smoke, in addition to smoking, those diagnosed often are not smokers themselves.
Increased awareness of these facts plays a critical role in preventing, diagnosing and treating further lung cancer cases. In that spirit, Governor Dayton has proclaimed the month of November to be Lung Cancer Awareness Month in the state of Minnesota.