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The Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act Addresses the Astounding Mortality of the Fourth Leading Cause of Cancer Death in the United States
Date:1/29/2009

The Bill is the First Substantive Legislation that would provide Comprehensive Pancreatic Cancer Research Initiatives and Programs to Advance Scientific Progress

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the only national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure, applauds U.S. Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL) for the introduction of the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act which focuses on reducing mortality for pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. This bill is the first substantive legislative effort dedicated to advancing pancreatic cancer research. Once enacted and fully funded it will provide a greater focus on this disease and will provide the National Cancer Institute with the tools it needs to develop the diagnostic methods and treatments that are currently lacking for pancreatic cancer patients.

"A cure starts with dedicated, significant funding for pancreatic cancer research, and the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act is a critical step towards addressing the urgent needs of the pancreatic cancer research community," stated Julie Fleshman, President and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. "On behalf of the entire pancreatic cancer community, we thank Reps. Eshoo and Brown-Waite for their continued leadership on this important targeted research initiative and their ongoing support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network."

Pancreatic cancer was recently thrust into the national spotlight by actor Patrick Swayze's public battle with the disease and the diagnosis and subsequent passing of Dr. Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon University Professor who became known around the world after delivering his famous 'last lecture.' During his nearly two year ba
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