As a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, I want to thank Senators Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts for recognizing the importance of investing in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by voting for a measure that would have brought additional, and much needed, funds to its budget. ACS believes an increase is needed to further build on the progress being made in the fight against cancer.
I believe that the federal investment in medical research is paying off. More people are surviving cancer today than ever before thanks to federally funded cancer research. But we still have a lot of work to do. This year, 12,600 people will be newly diagnosed and 5,200 will die in Kansas alone from cancer.
The promise of more medical breakthroughs will fade without sustained and consistent investments. We cannot afford to let research languish when we are on the brink of advancing medicines and new treatments for patients. Lives depend on it. That is why I applaud senators Brownback and Roberts. We hope that the rest of Congress will follow their lead and make funding medical research a national priority.
Marilyn Laws Porter
American Cancer Society volunteer