A recent study on lung cancer screening conducted by the National Cancer Institute and appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine may offer hope in reducing lung cancer deaths and saving lives. It also highlights how important it is to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute.
Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in the U.S., killing over 157,000 people every year, with one of the highest incidence rates and one of the lowest survival rates. Each year, more than 221,000 new cases are diagnosed, but tragically, only 15 percent of lung cancers are diagnosed at an early and more treatable stage—making most diagnoses a death sentence.
This study highlights how important it is that Congress make a sustained investment in funding for the National Institutes of Health. Please take a moment and send a letter to your Members of Congress to urge increased funding for lung cancer research.
** If you wish you may edit the below letter to share a personal experience of how you or a loved one has been impacted by lung cancer and why more funding is needed for lung cancer research. These personal stories are very powerful and important.
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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