ADVOCATE TO BUILD AND SUSTAIN FEDERAL SUPPORT
FOR PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH
WHY WE NEED YOU:
As the national leader in the fight against pancreatic cancer, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has a bold goal to double the pancreatic cancer survival rate by 2020. The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer remains in the single digits at just 6% and in a recent report published by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, projections indicate that by the year 2020, pancreatic cancer will move from the nation's fourth to the second leading cause of cancer death. Despite these dire statistics, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) currently allocates less than 2% of its annual research budget to pancreatic cancer.
Now more than ever we must work harder and faster to grow our community of scientists, increase annual federal research dollars, enroll more patients in clinical trials and increase national awareness by attracting more volunteers and participants to our events.
ADVOCACY YIELDS PROGRESS:
On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the national defense bill into law, which included landmark legislation that will help advance pancreatic cancer research. The Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act will create a scientific framework for accelerating progress and improving patient outcomes. Passage of this bill was due in large part to the hundreds of supporters across the country whose extraordinary efforts to create awareness and advocate in their communities created the momentum needed for Congress to act.
In 2013, we will be monitoring the implementation of this bill closely and educating members of Congress about the new law and about what they can do to ensure the bill is implemented quickly. It is also critical that we focus attention on preserving and protecting federal funding for the National Institutes of Health and the NCI so that these agencies have the funds they need to create the scientific frameworks called for in the new law.
ARE YOU READY?
Did you know that the majority of cancer research is paid for by the federal government and that your U.S. Senators and Representatives get to decide how much is spent each year? And that the decisions the federal government makes about spending levels are the biggest determinant of how much pancreatic cancer research is done in any given year? It’s true. And now that you know – it’s time to get to work on telling Congress exactly what we think about the importance of pancreatic cancer research. Are you ready NOW?
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