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American Lung Association Response to President Obama's Precision Medicine Announcement

Statement from National President and CEO of the American Lung Association Harold Wimmer, in response to the announcement today from President Obama

(January 30, 2015) -

The American Lung Association is very encouraged by President Obama's exciting new initiative announced today to increase our nation's investment in precision medicine by $215 million, including $70 million for the National Cancer Institute. The President's announcement highlights how advancements in precision medicine have already led to more effective treatments to combat lung cancer.

The Lung Association thanks President Obama for his continued commitment to improving the health of our nation and for finding cures and treatments for our nation's deadliest diseases, including lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States.

A sustained commitment to increase research at the National Institutes of Health is necessary to save lives. Today's announcement by President Obama brings our nation one step closer to the American Lung Association's goal of increasing our nation's investment in lung cancer research at NIH to $300 million by 2020. The American Lung Association urges Congress to act quickly and support this investment.

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To increase awareness about lung cancer, from the importance of screening and testing tumors for biomarkers to treatment and support options, the American Lung Association launched LUNG FORCE in May 2014, a national movement focused on fighting lung cancer in women. Despite being the number-one cancer killer of women, only one percent of women say it's on their radar, according to our inaugural Women's Lung Health Barometer. LUNG FORCE is seeking to right this wrong promoting education, uniting women to make a difference and inspiring America to take action against the devastating disease of lung cancer.

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