U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) today commemorated the 40th anniversary of the signing of the National Cancer Act and announced the introduction of a bipartisan resolution recognizing our nation's commitment to cancer research. More than 12 million Americans have survived cancer, thanks in part to the United States' commitment to cancer research and due to advances in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment.
"Virtually all of us know someone who has been affected by cancer. We know a survivor--or remember a victim. We know that cancer affects not just the patient, but also parents, family, friends, and loved ones," Sen. Brown said. "This year, more than 1.5 million Americans are expected to be diagnosed with cancer. One out of every 3 women and one out of every 2 men will develop cancer in their lifetimes. But we also know that behind the statistics are stories of perseverance and strength--stories that motivate us to fight harder and with one voice.
"Today, 12 million cancer survivors are alive because of advances in the way we prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat cancer. And because of investments by the National Cancer Institute and NIH, critical cancer research is being conducted across the country. There are scientists performing research in labs in Cleveland, and physicians leading clinical research with patients in Columbus," Sen. Brown added. "But we also know challenges remain, and that's why in celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the National Cancer Act, we also pledge our commitment to advancing cancer research. Today's bipartisan cancer resolution reaffirms that commitment to address this national priority--and making sure cancer is a thing of the past."
"With passage of the National Cancer Act 40 years ago this month, our nation coordinated a focused effort to combat cancer through research," Sen. Moran said. "Today, the National Cancer Institute and its parent agency, the National Institutes of Health, support critical research across the country, enhancing the work of universities, medical schools, teaching hospitals, private bioscience businesses and research institutions in every state. This national commitment to research has saved millions of lives and billions of dollars."
"Since the National Cancer Act was signed into law in 1971, the 5-year survival rate for all cancers combined has risen consistently," Sen. Moran continued. "As a direct result of our nation's commitment to cancer research, we have come to understand more about the nature of cancer, its complexity, and the tools we need to fight this disease effectively. But much work remains -- more than 1.5 million Americans are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year. With this resolution, we reaffirm our commitment to advancing important cancer research and saving lives."
The resolution has more than 40 Senate co-sponsors, both Democratic and Republican, and is supported by more than 100 patient groups, cancer institutes, hospitals, and medical schools. The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, the University of Kansas Cancer Center, the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, and the Case Western Comprehensive Cancer Center, among others, have endorsed the resolution.
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