Senate Reiterates Calls For Making Lung Cancer Research a National Priority
Washington, DC [August 3, 2007]
– Late in session last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously reconfirmed
its commitment to making lung cancer research a national public health
Laurie Fenton-Ambrose, president of the Lung Cancer Alliance, thanked
Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) for their
leadership on the resolution which reinforces the one they shepherded
through the Senate last year.
“This year they were joined as co-sponsors by Senator Diane Feinstein
(D-CA) and Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), who are both co-chairs of the
Senate Cancer Caucus, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
“We are deeply grateful to all of them for getting this resolution
passed and for their strong support of the goals of the Lung Cancer
Alliance to reverse decades of stigma, neglect and under funding of
lung cancer research,” said Fenton-Ambrose.
The resolution calls on President Bush to declare lung cancer a public
health priority and to order health agencies to develop a
comprehensive, coordinated program to cut lung cancer mortality in half
Specifically cited as areas for action include increased funding for
translational research and specialized lung cancer research centers,
more action on early detection, expedited development of
chemoprevention and targeted drug therapies for lung cancer and
screening pilot programs under Medicare.
Last year, during the previous Congress, a similar resolution was
introduced in the House of Representatives but failed to pass.
A companion House resolution was introduced on April 24, 2007 by
Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA), Congressman Ed Whitfield (D-KY) and
Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen (D-VI).
They have been joined as co-sponsors by Congressman Virgil H. Goode
Jr., Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Congressman Jim McDermott
(D-WA), Congressman Michael R. McNulty (D-NY), Congressman James P.
Moran (D-VA). Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH), Congresswoman Betty Sutton
(D-OH) and Congresswoman Lynn C. Woolsey (D-CA).
“We are hopeful that the House will act soon,” said Fenton-Ambrose. “
Slowly but surely we are building a strong coalition of House and
Senate members who are deeply committed to making lung cancer research,
early detection and mortality reduction a national priority.”
“It’s been long overdue,” she said, “but we are getting there.”
The Lung Cancer Alliance (www.LungCancerAlliance.org)
is the only national non-profit organization solely dedicated to
patient support and advocacy for people living with, or at risk for,
lung cancer. As the number one cancer killer, lung cancer will kill
more than 160,000 Americans this year alone, causing more deaths than
breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney cancers and melanoma combined.