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Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) Joins as Co-Sponsor of Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act
Date:8/14/2009

Visit by Lung Cancer Alliance Advocate, Kevin Atkinson, Spurs Action

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) hailed the support of Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) who has signed on as a cosponsor of a bill to establish the first ever multi-agency, comprehensive program targeted at lung cancer.

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Entitled Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act of 2009, S.332 authorizes a five year program to reduce the mortality rate of lung cancer which continues to be the number one cancer killer.

Lung cancer causes more deaths each year than breast, prostate, colon, kidney, melanoma and liver cancers combined.

"We must elevate lung cancer to a national public health priority because hundreds of thousands of families are -- and will continue to be -- hurt by this disease," Senator Nelson said. "We need to commit every available tool and avenue of research to reduce lung cancer mortality as quickly as possible and that is what the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act is posed to do."

In thanking Senator Nelson for his support, LCA President & CEO Laurie Fenton Ambrose, said, "Senator Nelson's co-sponsorship of this landmark legislation is very significant. His willingness to join other colleagues and demand that lung cancer no longer be ignored and that it be addressed with greater compassion, increased resources and a comprehensive plan -- is what will ultimately end lung cancer as we know it."

The bill requires the Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Defense and Veterans Affairs to combine forces on a comprehensive, coordinated plan of action with funding authorized f
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