Momentum Continues To Build For Federal Plan Of Action For Lung Cancer -- Advocate Voices Play Leading Role

May 18, 2012, 16:01 ET from Lung Cancer Alliance

Over a Dozen New Members of Congress Added to the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Congress prepares for its Memorial Day District Work Period, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) announced that more than a dozen Congressional leaders have signed on as new co-sponsors of the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act.

This comes on the heels of Lung Cancer Alliance's fifth annual advocacy conference, recently held in Washington, DC. Over 140 advocates participated, from as far west as Hawaii to as far east as New Hampshire.

The Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act, S.752 and H.R.1394 respectively, is the first-ever legislation calling for a coordinated and comprehensive federal plan to address all aspects of lung cancer.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH)
Representative Lois Capps (CA-23)
Representative Jim McDermott (WA-7)
Representative Diane DeGette (CO-1)
Representative Mazie Hirono (HI-2)
Representative Ben Lujan (NM-3)
Representative Tom Marino (PA-10)
Representative Mike Thompson (CA-1)
Representative Tammy Baldwin (WI-2)
Representative Chris Van Hollen (MD-8)
Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14)
Representative Jim McGovern (MA-3)
Representative Jerrold Nadler (NY-8)
Representative Niki Tsongas (MA-5)

This brings the total number of Senators to 28 and the total number of Members of Congress to 59.

"Bravo to all the advocates who, by coming to Washington and sharing their personal stories, helped make this happen," said Laurie Fenton-Ambrose, President and CEO of Lung Cancer Alliance. "These advocates not only represent their own personal journeys but the journeys of so many others. These stories underscore the need for a more compassionate and comprehensive plan for all aspects of lung cancer."

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Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA),, is committed to ending injustice and saving lives through an alliance of advocacy, education and support. LCA provides live, real time support, referral and information services for patients, their loved ones and those at risk for lung cancer; conducts national awareness campaigns; and advocates for multiple millions in public health dollars for lung cancer research.

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