DENVER (CBS4)– Cancer survivors shared their survival stories at the state Capitol on Wednesday. They also talked about the lasting impacts the disease had on their lives.

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Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera hosted the round table discussion. She was diagnosed with breast cancer 30 years ago. Since then, she has fought cancer four times.

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Primavera says it is important to listen to real people so when lawmakers make policies, those policies actually address the actual needs of Coloradans.

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“If you’re sitting on a committee and you hear what a piece of legislation really does to impact a person’s life, I think that makes a big difference in how you vote,” said Primavera.

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She also says it’s important for people to be aware of the large financial cost cancer can be to patients.

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