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Renewed promise in the war on cancer
To the Editor:
In his first year in office, President Obama made a bold statement to Congress that we would see an end to cancer in our lifetime. As a cancer [advocate] I watched this year’s State of the Union address hoping to hear a renewed commitment to the fight against cancer.
I understand that in a difficult budget environment, elected officials must make tough choices about our national priorities. But I believe that ending death and suffering from cancer should have a dedicated spot on that list. An estimated 1.5 million people in America will be told they have cancer this year, and
569,000 people will die from the disease.
Our nation has made great progress in the fight against cancer through investments in research and prevention programs. However, the only way we can end cancer in our lifetime is if we continue to sustain or increase the current level of funding. Without that investment, groundbreaking research projects that could yield new discoveries face an uncertain future.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s declaration of the war on cancer. I am calling on the president and Congress to build on our past successes and continue to fund research and prevention programs that will find the best ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer.
Volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network