Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act Overview & Advocacy Tools

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
•Bicameral, bipartisan

– 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

•AIDS-like stigma

•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:

•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!