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Tag: cancer research


CANCER: We’re all one degree from cancer

Cancer research is not a theoretical scientific concept. It’s a lifesaving reality.

Cancer breakthroughs, including some from research facilities in Washington, are saving lives, but this doesn’t happen overnight. It takes visionary leadership, concerted effort and consistent funding. The federal government is the source with the most capacity for funding. That’s why the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) have joined together in an unprecedented effort to boost the nation’s investment in lifesaving cancer research.

We are asking Congress to increase medical research funding at the National Institutes of Health by $6

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CANCER RESEARCH: Turn off the sequester

Do you remember the sequester? Do you think everything is back to normal because time has passed? Well, it isn’t; sequester-caused cuts to cancer research are still in place. Because of these cuts, 1,000 fewer people were able to enroll in potentially lifesaving clinical trials this past year. The National Institutes of Health, the nation’s medical research center, has lost more than $1.5 billion. This reality has caused cancer research labs in our state to put promising work on hold and to eliminate research jobs.

The across-the-board cuts to federally funded cancer research could cost us the progress we have

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CANCER: Take part in cancer-prevention study

What if we could personally participate in research that might help determine factors that cause or prevent cancer?

What if our involvement, and that research, ultimately leads to the elimination of cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations?

What if we could make it so just one family never has to hear the words “you have cancer”?

Pierce County residents have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in cancer research this year. Enrollment in the American Cancer Society’s third Cancer Prevention Study will be taking place at five South Sound locations – in Tacoma, Gig Harbor and

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CANCER: Protect funding for cancer research

Last week, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to represent cancer patients and survivors who live in the Puget Sound area and to deliver their messages of hope for a future without cancer. There I joined more than 600 other American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteers from all 50 states to ask lawmakers to protect funding for cancer research and cancer-prevention programs.

Thanks to continued breakthroughs in cancer research, millions of people with cancer and their families have reached milestones that they may not have thought possible following their diagnosis. But continued progress against cancer is at stake if federal

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