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I recently drove past Waikoloa. I was shocked by the ugly sight of the solar farm there. I’m all for solar and clean energy. But to put this there and destroy the beauty of the island is so wrong.
Just what are the people in charge thinking? There are thousands of acres hidden from view where it could have been built. Shame on our officials to approve this type of opala.
Jack De Lima
Cancer study needed
Funding for cancer research on Hawaii’s diverse people will help save lives.Cancer affects everyone, but it doesn’t affect everyone equally. For this reason, I am joining the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) in urging our state lawmakers to support funding for a critical study on cancer disparities in the islands.
The funds will allow the University of Hawaii Cancer Center to collect data on different factors that could contribute to higher rates of cancer and worse cancer outcomes among our communities, particularly among Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders and Filipinos.
For example, according to University of Hawaii data, breast cancer incidence and mortality were highest among Native Hawaiian women compared to any other racial or ethnic group in Hawaii.
Also, lung cancer incidence is higher among Native Hawaiians, as well as Filipinos. Thyroid cancer incidence is highest in Filipino women.
Approximately 8,460 residents of Hawaii will be diagnosed with cancer this year.
As a cancer caregiver and advocate, I understand it is critical to understand what drives cancer disparities and to inform policymakers on how to better address gaps in cancer prevention and care.
Everyone deserves an equal opportunity to live a healthy life. I encourage the state Senate to schedule a hearing for House Bill 1301 and support funding the multiethnic study that will aid Hawaii to make progress in eliminating cancer inequities.
Volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
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