Congressman Ben Chandler (D-KY, 6th) Joins as Co-Sponsor of Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act

Oct 07, 2010, 15:03 ET from Lung Cancer Alliance

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Lung Cancer Alliance Kentucky/So. Indiana (LCA-KY/So.IN) Chapter hailed the support of Congressman Ben Chandler (D-KY, 6th) who has joined in support of first ever legislation to fund a multi-agency, comprehensive program targeted at lung cancer.  Entitled Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act, H.R. 2112 authorizes a five year program to reduce the mortality rate of lung cancer which continues to be the number one cancer killer.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death nationally and in Kentucky, taking more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers--combined.

"We must elevate lung cancer to a national public health priority because thousands of families in Kentucky are—and will continue to be—hurt by this disease," Congressman Chandler said. "I am proud to sign onto this legislation to help promote a more comprehensive plan of action that will help all those either living with or at risk for lung cancer – not only in Kentucky – but across this country."

In thanking Congressman Chandler for his support, LCA-KY/So.IN Co-Chair Goetz Kloecker, MD, MSPH, said, "Our personal visits with Kentucky and Indiana legislators this week were energizing.   Congressman Chandler immediately grasped the urgency of the need and moved swiftly to join other colleagues to demand that lung cancer be given greater compassion and increased resources to address all aspects of this lethal disease."

LCA-KY/So.IN advocate and lung cancer survivor, Teresa Secor was inspired to come to Washington, DC and share her story.  "As a non-smoker whose lung cancer was fortunately caught early, I feel it is my duty to be a voice for those who are not here to tell their story to elected leaders.  I hope my efforts can add to the growing call to action and these efforts lead to a better way forward for all those affected by lung cancer.  Whether you are a current, former or non-smoker – no one deserves lung cancer -- No one."  

Lung Cancer Alliance ( is the only national non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to patient support and advocacy for those living with or at risk for lung cancer.  Lung Cancer Alliance is committed to leading the movement to reverse decades of stigma and neglect by empowering those with or at risk for the disease, elevating awareness and changing health policy.

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