Cancer Research Funding

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Cancer research saves lives.   

Every new breakthrough in freeing the world from the pain and suffering of cancer - from new cures to innovative ways to prevent and treat the disease - have one thing in common; the research was in some way funded by the federal government's National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute.   

Yet, when adjusting for inflation, federal funding for cancer research has seen huge cuts over the last decade. Increasing funding for cancer research must be a top budget priority for Congress.  

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To my U.S. Senators: Increase funding for cancer research

Millions of cancer patients and survivors are alive today thanks to previous investments in cancer research. Ask the Senate to support a strong increase in funding for cancer research and lifesaving cancer prevention programs.

Latest Updates

September 18, 2019
National

The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee (LHHS) posted a draft FY 2020 spending bill today that includes a $3 billion funding increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a $5 million increase for cancer registries and a $1 million increase for skin cancer programs, both of which operate at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

September 11, 2019
Illinois

Washington, D.C. – Senator Dick Durbin received the National Distinguished Advocacy Award this week, the most prestigious award presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), in recognition of his longtime dedication to improving public health through public policy. ACS CAN, the advocacy affiliate of the American

September 11, 2019
Alaska

Senator Lisa Murkowski received the National Distinguished Advocacy Award on Tuesday, September 10, the most prestigious award presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), in recognition of her significant contributions to the fight against cancer.

September 9, 2019
National

More than 700 cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones from all 50 states and nearly every congressional district will be on Capitol Hill this week to ask members of Congress to make the fight against cancer a national priority

Cancer Research Funding Resources

Congress should continue its bipartisan commitment and capitalize on the prior investments in medical research by ensuring that commitment continues this year by approving at least a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are the foundation of our national  cancer research program and support research in every state. Today, that program is making remarkable progress in every area of discovery to improve cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and care.