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Expressing Sense of the House that the President Should Declare Lung Cancer a Public Health Priority

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EXPRESSING SENSE OF THE HOUSE THAT THE PRESIDENT SHOULD DECLARE LUNG CANCER A PUBLIC HEALTH PRIORITY -- (Extensions of Remarks - November 14, 2007)

SPEECH OF
HON. FRANK A. LoBIONDO
OF NEW JERSEY
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2007

* Mr. LoBIONDO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to urge my colleagues to support H. Res. 335, which expresses the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to lung cancer as a public health priority and the recommendations of the Lung Cancer Progress Review Group of the National Cancer Institute. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Rep. LOIS CAPPS for introducing this important resolution and for her continued efforts on behalf of those affected by lung cancer.

* As many of us know all too well, lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States. While overall advancements in cancer research, treatment, and detection in recent years provide great hope, there is still much to do, especially in the field of lung cancer. The 5-year survival rates have risen significantly for breast, prostate, and colon cancer, but unfortunately, the gains for lung cancer remain modest at best.

* For my family and me, these statistics are all too real. In April 2006, my father-in-law, Joseph L. Ercole, was diagnosed with non-small cell adenoma carcinoma stage Ill-b and 9 months later, on February 11, 2007, he died from lung cancer. While his story is not unique, it brought to my attention the need to shine a spotlight on this disease. Clearly, a coordinated and comprehensive research effort, like those used to tackle other cancers, is needed to achieve significant increases in lung cancer survivability rates and prevent other families from suffering the same loss.

* H. Res. 335, like S. Res. 87 passed by the Senate in August, clearly states our goals--to have lung cancer declared a public health priority and to reduce the lung cancer mortality rate by 50 percent by 2015--and a pathway to achieve it. Working together these goals can become reality.

* I urge my colleagues in the House to join us in this fight and pass H. Res. 335


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