Most Recent Co-Sponsor of the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act
WASHINGTON, June 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Lung Cancer Alliance praised Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) for sending a powerful signal of hope to the lung cancer community by cosponsoring first-ever legislation establishing a multi-agency, comprehensive program targeted at lung cancer.
Entitled the 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 cause of cancer death both nationally and in every state, including Wisconsin.
In thanking the Congresswoman, LCA President & CEO Laurie Fenton-Ambrose noted that momentum is building for a new plan of action on lung cancer. "For the first time in history, advocates, public health and public policy leaders are coming together to call for a more compassionate and comprehensive research funding strategy to address all aspects of lung cancer. On behalf of the entire lung cancer community, we thank Congresswoman Moore for adding her voice to this powerful chorus of national leaders," said Fenton-Ambrose.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women. It claims more lives each year than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney, pancreas, and melanoma cancers -- combined. Lung cancer's 5-year survival rate remains at 15%, and the majority of those diagnosed with lung cancer are former smokers and never smokers. In Wisconsin, 2,910 will die of lung cancer this year alone.
Congresswoman Moore said, "Lung cancer is responsible for more deaths than any other cancer. It's long past time that policy recognize this and move us forward in the fight against lung cancer."
For more information on the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act, H.R. 2112, go to www.lungcanceralliance.org.
Lung Cancer Alliance (www.LungCancerAlliance.org) 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.
SOURCE Lung Cancer Alliance