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An Additional $10.5 Million in Federal Research Secured for Lung Cancer

FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Brings New Total to Nearly $80 Million Secured Via Department of Defense Lung Cancer Research Program 

WASHINGTON, DC [January 18, 2014]—Today, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) proudly announced that an additional $10.5 million for lung cancer research was signed into law by President Barak Obama as part of the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill.  With the approval of this funding, the new total amount of federal research dollars secured to date is nearly $80 million. 

In FY 2009, LCA succeeded in establishing this first-ever dedicated Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP) within the Department of Defense (DOD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP).  In the first year of the CDMRP’s operation, $20 million was allocated by Congress to fund early detection research targeting at risk military.  Since then, Lung Cancer Alliance has succeeded in earmarking additional funding including $15 million in FY 2010, $12.8 million in the FY 2011, $10 million in FY 2012, and $10.5 million in FY 2013.  Today’s announcement of an additional $10.5 million brings the program total to $78.8 million.

“Increasing federal funding for lung cancer research has always been one of our core priorities,” said Laurie Fenton Ambrose, President and CEO of Lung Cancer Alliance.  “We remain grateful to congressional leaders for their continued backing of this important research funding stream.”

Lung Cancer Alliance Chairman of the Board, Admiral T. Joseph Lopez, USN (Ret.) reinforced his strong backing of for CDMRP funding.   “We know that our military are at higher risk of being diagnosed and dying of lung cancer than the civilian population,” said Admiral Lopez.  “We owe these men and women the benefits of research funding.”

Admiral Lopez played a key role in securing the original congressional support for the lung cancer program.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women and every ethnic group and takes more lives each year than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined.