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

or five years to accomplish the mortality reduction goal.

LCA advocate Kevin Atkinson, was inspired to come to Washington, DC and advocate for more lung cancer research after his brother, John, a never smoker, passed away from the disease this June. "My brother's goal was to raise awareness and research funding for lung cancer. I came to DC to make my brother proud and to carry out his mission." Kevin is also the Executive Director of the John Atkinson Lung Cancer Foundation which will provide scholarships to children who have lost a parent to lung cancer.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is required to review its funding priorities in order to meet the lung cancer mortality reduction goal and more national institutes are called on directly to take part, including the National Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and the National Institute for Environmental Health.

To insure accountability, the bill requires an annual report to Congress and creates an oversight board composed of the three Cabinet Secretaries and representatives from the fields of lung cancer treatment, research and advocacy.

In addition, the bill directs the Secretaries of Department of Defense (DOD) and Veterans' Affairs (VA) to implement an early detection and disease management program for military personnel who are at high risk for lung cancer because of smoking or exposure to carcinogens during active duty.

The bill also:

-- Authorizes the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to create a new Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction drug program with incentives for new treatments, targeted therapies, vaccines and chemoprevention drugs for precancerous conditions.

-- Requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to carry out an early disease research program targeted at the high incidence and mortality rates among
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