Increase funding for childhood cancer research

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease for children aged 1-19.

The evidence is clear:

  • This year, 14,660 children will be diagnosed with cancer and 1,850 children will die from cancer. Approximately 1 in 412 children will be diagnosed with cancer before age 15.
  • Nearly 40% of childhood cancer survivors aged 35 or older have experienced a severe or life-threatening health condition, or have died, which is a rate over five times higher than that of their siblings.
  • More cancer research funding is needed to find new and better treatments that save lives and have less side-effects for survivors.

I call on Congress to make cancer research funding a national priority this year by increasing the budget for the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute by $1 billion.