Q&A: American Cancer Society National Board Member Bernie Jackvony

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Bernie Jackvony, a National Board Member of the American Cancer Society, joined us Thursday to discuss how Rhode Island’s cancer prevention public policies measure up to national recommendations.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) recently released a report ranking states’ legislation and policies that prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer. Rhode Island received mixed reviews, but is making progress, meeting five of the nine benchmarks set by ACS CAN.

To improve, Jackvony says the state needs more funding for palliative care, research, and tobacco control and prevention.

Watch the above video for the complete interview.

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