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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

ttle with the disease, Dr. Pausch advocated on Capitol Hill for increasing federal funding for pancreatic cancer research and to raise awareness about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's 2008 strategic plan for federal pancreatic cancer research called the National Plan to Advance Pancreatic Cancer Research, which formed the basis for the legislation.

"I am honored that my husband's work has continued to have an impact," stated Jai Pausch. "Randy felt passionately about bringing awareness to a disease about which little was known. My hope through this legislation is that pancreatic cancer will no longer be the frightening diagnosis it is today and that patients will have more effective treatment options enabling them to live long, fulfilling lives."

Pancreatic Cancer has the highest mortality among leading cancer killers and has claimed the lives of many public figures, including actor Michael Landon, opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti, famed journalist Dith Pran, former ambassador to Bosnia Dick Sklar, and NFL Players Association President Gene Upshaw.

This year, over 38,000 Americans will be diagnosed this with pancreatic cancer and nearly 34,000 will die. The five year survival rate is less than 5 percent and has remained largely unchanged in the last thirty years, largely because early detection tools and effective treatments have yet to be developed. Despite the sobering statistics, less than 2 percent of the National Cancer Institute's federal research funding is currently allocated to pancreatic cancer.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will enlist their network of volunteer advocates to help ensure their U.S. Representatives know Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act should be a priority and signed into law The new bill will be a major focus for the 400 advocates expected at the 3rd Annual Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day on March 31, 2009 in Washington, DC. To lea
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