Congress, increase research funding at the National Cancer Institute to save more lives
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is calling on Congress to increase research funding at the National Cancer Institute. Advances in cancer research won't happen absent an adequate federal investment. Past funding has led to major scientific advances that have us on the verge of dramatic improvement in how we treat some of the most vexing forms of cancer.
Our population is both aging and growing, increasing the urgent need for progress. With 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and cancer costing our economy more than $216 billion this year, we can't afford to let promising research go to waste.
12-year breast cancer survivor Glenn Dale, Maryland
Having cancer no longer means certain death. I'm a two-time cancer survivor, and I'm still here. I keep a coin jar near the door of my house and encourage guests to toss in their spare change like I do. It all adds up, and at the end of the year, I donate it to ACS CAN. With their help, I'm asking Congress to increase funding for the National Cancer Institute so more lives can be saved from cancer. With our united voices, we will win the fight. If we're silent, we will just fade away and this disease will simply grow.
4-year late stage papillary thyroid and lymphatic cancer survivor New York, New York
I had had no symptoms or signs that I had a cancerous tumor growing in my neck for years. But, within that half hour doctor's appointment when I was diagnosed with cancer, I went from being a relatively carefree incoming college freshman to a cancer patient; I went from wondering about what color the bedding in my dorm would be to worrying if I would need multiple surgeries throughout my first few weeks at school. In my experience volunteering with ACS CAN, I'm constantly reminded through my conversations with patients and survivors just how much a product of random circumstance cancer truly is. I look to my own experience - and those of others - and think to myself that if it can happen to me, a young and outwardly healthy guy, it can happen to anyone.
5-year anal cancer and Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor Alexandria, Virginia
I have met some amazing people, and have been to some wonderful places, all because of one goal - making a difference in the fight against cancer. When I was first diagnosed in 2009, I kept hearing that anal cancer was a very rare cancer. Before I had time to fully process that diagnosis, I was also diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma only a week later. I'm part of a support group for anal cancer survivors. I'm so grateful that I have a platform to work with, and an opportunity to help raise awareness of the importance of research so no one else will hear those ugly words 'you have cancer.'
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