In October, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event took place in our nation's capital. During the event, volunteers armed with a clipboard, and a pen collected hundreds of petitions to urge Congress to increasae funding live-saving cancer research.
Proposed White House budget includes devastating cuts to cancer research funding
The new budget proposal just released by the White House includes massive cuts to cancer research funding.
The budget includes funding cuts for:
- Medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $4.7 billion
- Cancer research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) by $900 million
- Cancer screening and prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by $34.5 million.
“If passed, the proposed cut to NIH and NCI funding would squander years of renewed momentum and progress in advancing discovery in cancer and other chronic diseases, said Lisa Lacasse, president of ACS CAN “These investments have long enjoyed strong bipartisan support and have led to incredible understanding in how to detect, diagnose and treat cancer that still claims the lives of more than 600,000 Americans each year.”
We are on the cusp of lifesaving breakthroughs in the fight against cancer, but, if the White House’s budget becomes law, the current work and momentum fighting cancer could be hampered.