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Nov. 27, 2021

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Letter: Invest in cancer research


As a cancer survivor I know the value of medical research. That’s why I met recently with Senator Murray’s office during the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network annual lobby day. Cancer advocates like myself from across the country asked Congress to make the fight against cancer a national priority.

One way to do that is by supporting and investing in federal cancer research funding — the foundation for medical discoveries. In fact, federal cancer research funding has played a role in every breakthrough in cancer prevention, detection and treatment for more than 50 years.

Approximately 42,000 Washingtonians will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and many will benefit from cancer research.

We’re at a time when more people are surviving cancer than ever before, and scientists are on the cusp of even greater discoveries. But we need a sustained and increased investment in research to continue this progress.

Senator Murray, please support an increase in federal cancer research funding at the National Institutes of Health. Cancer patients and survivors are counting on it.

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