Tell Congress to Invest in Defeating Lung Cancer!

Help us support and expand existing programs across the country working to reduce the risk of lung cancer. Sign our petition asking Congress to provide the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with robust and sustainable funding. 

Lung cancer is a terrible disease, and the more we can do to reduce risks associated with its growth, the better. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) plays an important public health role in risk reduction and early detection of lung cancer. However, CDC often does not receive the funding necessary to be able to continue its work and expand its impact.

Please sign our petition asking leaders in Congress to take action to secure increased funding for CDC.

Petition to Leaders in Congress

The undersigned individuals ask you to ensure $10.5 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in order to strengthen the work of the agency to defeat lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of men and women. It kills 382 people, beloved family members and dear friends, every day. Further, every two minutes and 14 seconds someone in the United States is told the devastating news that they have lung cancer.

Thankfully, the American Lung Association’s 2021 “State of Lung Cancer” report finds that the five-year survival rate of lung cancer has increased 14.5% over the last five years nationally to 23.7%. Extreme and unacceptable racial disparities remain, though, with Black lung cancer patients facing a five-year survival rate of just 18%. As a nation, we must do more to eliminate health disparities and end lung cancer.

Facilitating the work of CDC is one way to achieve positive change. The CDC’s National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) plays an important public health role in risk reduction and early detection of lung cancer. NCCCP has helped to reduce the burden of cancer by funding and providing key guidance to cancer coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, territories and tribes.

The NCCCP is a central part of CDC’s work to address lung cancer, but it is not the only part. CDC’s data collection efforts also guide the implementation and evaluation of lung cancer interventions. Despite all this critical work, however, CDC has been historically underfunded. For CDC to further its work to defeat lung cancer, Congress must increase funding for the agency now and in the years to come.

We ask that you build upon current funding levels and work to secure $10.5 billion for CDC. We need to take this step as a nation in order to make progress towards reaching a world without lung cancer.

Sincerely,

Page last updated: November 1, 2021

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