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Support the CARE Act for medical radiation safety

Reduce Medical Radiation CARE ActThe Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility, and Excellence in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Act of 2011, or CARE Act (H.R. 2104), introduced by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), ensures that lab technicians are properly trained in administering medical radiation and radiation therapy.

Radiation [link] is classified as a known carcinogen by the U.S. National Toxicology Program. It is the best- and longest-established cause of human breast cancer in both women and men. Radiation exposures from medical procedures (X-rays, CT scans, fluoroscopy, and radiotherapy) have increased sevenfold since the mid-1980s.

This rapid increase in medical radiation underscores the importance of proper training standards for lab technicians who administer radiation. Medical radiation can provide life-saving information and treatment, but it is essential that technicians are properly trained to administer the optimal radiation dose – ensuring the lowest effective dose.

We need your help to reach out to every member of the U.S. House of Representatives on this issue! Ask your Representative to support H.R. 2104 and sign on as a co-sponsor today.

Please personalize the email below before sending to your U.S. Representative. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Medical radiation can provide life-saving information and treatment, but is also a known carcinogen. It is essential to balance the medical benefits of this tool with the risks of radiation exposure.
  • Properly trained technicians are critical to ensuring radiation is used effectively with as little exposure as possible.
  • Patients deserve to have confidence that the treatment they are receiving is performed as professionally and with as little risk as possible.

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  • Your Representative

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Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 2104, the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility, and Excellence in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Act of 2011, or CARE Act, which would ensure that lab technicians are properly trained in administering medical radiation and radiation therapy.



Supporting Rep. Whitfield's bill to require accurate training for radiation-therapy specialists is an important step in the right direction.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]