Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Congress vs Lung Cancer

1 in 14 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer. How many Americans will take a just a moment of their time to help?

Back on September 19th, with bipartisan support the US House of Representatives passed the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, directing the National Cancer Institute to target the most deadly cancers. Priority status was given to pancreatic and lung cancer.  

Lung and Pancreatic Cancer are the “deadliest cancers”. Pancreatic is the ‘Most Deadly Cancer’ with 5 year survival rates at 4%. Lung cancer is the top cancer killer in the US killing over 160,000 annually with a 5 year survival rate of 15%. I'm sorry to pop anyone's 'pink bubble' but lung cancer kills more women than breast cancer.

The Congressional Budget Office has determined that this bill would have “no significant budgetary effect during the 2013-2017 period” because it only refocuses already established funding within NIH.

Before recessing for the Presidential elections, the US Senate did not vote on this legislation. Congress returned yesterday, November 13th, for unfinished business. 

I encourage you to write, email or call your ‘current’ Senators encouraging them to vote to pass the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act (S. 3566).

You can easily find mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and on-line ‘contact form’ of your US Senators at Senators of the 112th Congress.

Thank you!
Patrick Leer
Caregivingly Yours, MS Caregiver @


  1. If yearly check-ups would/could include lung and pancreas screenings, if just on a low level, the percentage of survival rates would increase. I think the only reason I am doing as well is due to finding it because I had a perforated ulcer. Neither are fun...but having one found the other...
    Jackie aka Bama

  2. Amen, Jackie! My story began with a routine physical check up and an x-ray ... like way too many I had no symptoms. By the time there are symptoms then there are too often less options.