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Lung Cancer Alliance Praises National Leadership For Their Continued Support For A Call To Action On Lung Cancer

Reaffirm Importance of Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act

WASHINGTON, DC [MAY 13, 2011]--Today, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) praised national leaders for their continued and steadfast support for LCA’s call to action for a more coordinated and comprehensive public health strategy to address the nation’s most lethal cancer.

The network, which formed last Congress in support of the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act, renewed its call to action shortly after the reintroduction of the bi-cameral bi-partisan landmark legislation in the 112th Congress. The Senate sponsors include Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), John Kerry (D-MA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA).  The House of Representatives sponsors include Donna Christensen (Del-VI) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ).  The bill is numbered S. 752 and H.R. 1352 respectively.

“I want to again pay tribute to the growing national network joining LCA in its ‘call to action’ to demand better outcomes for all those affected by lung cancer,” said Laurie Fenton-Ambrose LCA President & CEO.  “LCA is honored to stand beside these nationally and internationally respected voices and to draw upon their expert leadership in devising a more comprehensive and compassionate public health response to lung cancer.”   

The current roster of network supporters ranges from leading national medical associations and institutions, along with women’s health, minority health, veterans, and other advocacy organizations.

Friends of Cancer Research

American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR)
American Medical Women’s Association
American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
National Urban League (NUL)
Black Women's Health Imperative
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
National Indian Health Board (NIHB)
National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
Veterans Health Council
National Medical Association (NMA)
Caring Ambassadors Lung Cancer Program
Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
Rexanna’s Foundation
Gianni Ferrarotti Lung Cancer Foundation
Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago
Lung Cancer Foundation of America
Lungevity
Uniting Against Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death.  This year alone it will claim over 160,000 lives -- more than the combined total deaths from breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers. It is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women and among every ethnic group and our military.

“We have a profound opportunity to shape public health policy – now,” continued Fenton-Ambrose. “If we devise a coordinated and comprehensive plan for lung cancer -- not only will we save lives, but we will reduce costs and cancer mortality – because we will have a plan that for the first time ever will address 30% of all cancer deaths – lung cancer.  We look forward to expanding our network and working collectively to ensure better outcomes for all those affected by this disease”.    

The Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act of 2011, declares lung cancer a national public health priority and requires a coordinated and comprehensive federal response to address all aspects of the lethal disease.  In addition, it would establish a demonstration program to begin the process of screening those at high risk for lung cancer. For more information about the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act and the list of endorsers go to www.lungcanceralliance.org.

Lung Cancer Alliance is the only national organization dedicated solely to support and advocacy for all those either living with or at risk for lung cancer.  Lung Cancer Alliance is committed to reversing decades of stigma and neglect by empowering patients, elevating awareness and changing health policy.

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