What is the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act? Courtesy of the Lung Cancer Alliance, here’s a quick overview of the Act, why passage of it is so important and what YOU can do to help make lung cancer history!
Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act:
•S. 752; H.R. 1394
– Primary Sponsors:
- Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), John Kerry (D-MA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
- Representatives Donna Christensen (D-VI), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
•Reintroduction of the first ever authorizing legislation calling for coordination with three government departments: HHS, DOD, VA
•Comprehensive research plan addressing all aspects of lung cancer prevention, early detection and treatment
•Pilot screening program to follow up on NCI trial results; similar to pilot programs for mammography and colonoscopy
•Funding levels to be determined by Congress
Why Passage of the LCMRA is So Important:
•Never been a comprehensive plan to address lung cancer
•Leading cause of cancer death among men and women, every ethnic and racial group with a higher incidence and mortality in our military
•52% increase in lung cancer in the next 20 yrs and 80% will be in former or never smokers
•Majority diagnosed so late they will die within one year
•Lives can be saved, costs can be cut and CANCER mortality can be reduced if we focus on lung cancer
What YOU Can Do:
•Send your email to Congress through LCA Advocacy Action: http://www.capwiz.com/lungcanceralliance
•Call your Congressional offices through LCA Advocacy Hotline: 877-727-5068
•Post this information on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
•Write letters to the editors of your local newspapers (Feel free to use this draft letter).
•Coordinate with LCA
- Set up meetings with elected officials
- Talk with your healthcare team about their support
•Ask your friends and family to do the same!