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

December 17, 2019

Congress is poised to pass a funding bill this week that includes a $2.6 billion increase for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The measure, agreed upon by both House and Senate conference committee members, also provides $296 million increase for the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

November 18, 2019
South Dakota

Sioux Falls, SD – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) annual South Dakota Policy Luncheon on Wednesday, November 20 will highlight the latest research developments in South Dakota and the importance of engaging elected officials to support cancer research funding. The event brings together leaders in business,

November 7, 2019
Arkansas

Several experts spoke about cancer research and its effects on the state of Arkansas during the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s (ACS CAN) annual Policy Forum today. The forum was an opportunity to thank several businesses for their efforts and call on others to join the fight.

November 6, 2019
Texas

CPRIT has funded more than 5.7 million prevention services in all 254 counties, which led to the detection of over 3,600 cancers and the identification of over 17,000 pre-cancers.

Cancer Research Funding Resources

The National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides technical, operational, and financial support to almost all state cancer registries to help ensure data collected are representative of the U.S. population.

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.