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Lung Cancer Alliance Hails Early Introduction of Comprehensive Lung Cancer Research Legislation
Date:1/27/2009

ar survival rates for breast, prostate and colon cancers have risen to 89%, 99% and 65% respectively. While great progress has been made in tobacco cessation, and needs to continue, 65% of people now being diagnosed with lung cancer are either former smokers or never smokers.

"It's time for the federal government to step up its efforts and make fighting lung cancer a national priority," said Senator Feinstein.

"Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, but efforts to fund research and innovative new drug therapies have been shortchanged when compared to other cancers. This bill would boost funding and expand research into the causes and treatment of this deadly scourge," she said.

Lung cancer has received only a small fraction of research funding as compared to other cancers and diseases, primarily because patients are being blamed for their disease whether they smoked or not and because so few patients survive to advocate for change. In addition, only 16% of lung cancers are being detected at an early curable stage.

"We must make every effort to address lung cancer comprehensively and thus not overlook the import of earlier detection and better disease management. This is how we are going to make a difference in lung cancer mortality," said Senator Brownback.

"Senators Feinstein and Brownback have never waivered in their commitment to do everything possible to help the entire lung cancer community," said Fenton Ambrose. "All those people and families who have been touched by lung cancer now have a vehicle for change and with everyone pitching in, yes, we can get it passed," she concluded.

To see the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act of 2009 go to www.lungcanceralliance.org.

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