Advocating for Lung Cancer Patients
Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the U.S. It is time to change this statistic by taking action. The American Lung Association advocates for much-needed resources and policies for the fight against lung cancer at federal, state and local levels. Your voice matters. Join us in raising much needed awareness and funds for lung cancer.
What We're Doing
- We work to increase federal funding for lung cancer research, treatment and prevention programs conducted by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and other federal agencies.
- We advocate to ensure that people with lung cancer have access to healthcare – without worry about whether they will lose their coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
- The Lung Association also advocates for policies that will reduce the incidence of lung cancer by decreasing the number of Americans who smoke.
- At the federal level, a higher cigarette tax and strong, effective regulatory authority over tobacco products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will help the number of smokers decline.
- At state and local levels, we fight for comprehensive smokefree indoor air laws and ordinances, higher cigarette taxes, and fully funded tobacco prevention and cessation programs.
- Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. For this reason, we also advocate for federal funding for radon education programs and detection.
Critical Need for Lung Cancer Research Funding
Research is the key to better early detection, improved treatments, longer survival and new hope for those facing lung cancer.
The good news is lung cancer research funding is growing. Congress increased research funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by 5 percent in 2016, including critical funds for lung cancer research. And for fiscal year 2017, the President's budget request for NIH supports important research including two particular lung cancer clinical trials through the Precision Medicine Initiative.
This progress must be sustained and research funding must continue to grow. We're calling on the NIH to increase funding for lung cancer research from $362 million to $450 million by 2020. And asking Congress to increase the NIH budget to $34.5 billion.
What You Can Do
Help us advocate for lifesaving policies to help all those impacted by lung cancer. Here are a few ways you can speak up and take action:
- Send a letter to your senators and representative to tell them you support funding for lifesaving research at the National Institutes of Health.
- Join our Lung Action Network to get notified of opportunities to contact your federal and state elected officials and other key decision makers.
- Get involved with LUNG FORCE, our movement to increase lung cancer awareness, promote research, advocate for critical funding and fight for the lives of those affected by lung cancer.
- Join the Lung Cancer Registry to share your lung cancer history and contribute to lung cancer research.
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