Lung Cancer Alliance Hails Senator John Kerry For His Support For Increased Lung Cancer Research
New Cosponsor of the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act
Washington, DC [Tuesday, June 15, 2010] --
Today, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) commended Senator John Kerry (D-MA)
for backing the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act, first ever
authorizing language that establishes a multi-agency, comprehensive
program targeted at lung cancer.
“Thank you Senator Kerry for joining the growing chorus
of national leaders calling for a more compassionate and comprehensive
research plan of action for lung cancer”, said Laurie Fenton Ambrose,
LCA President & CEO. “You are giving hope to a community that has
felt so hidden, stigmatized and ignored for so long.”
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death
nationally and in Massachusetts. In 2010, it will take more lives
than breast, prostate and colon cancers—combined. Of those diagnosed
80% will be either former smokers or will have never smoked at all.
“This is a wonderful development,” said Deborah
Morosini, MD, LCA Board Member and sister of the late Dana Reeve.
“Both Dana and Chris were both great admirers and close friends of
Senator Kerry. My family continues to be so appreciative of the
support he has offered in helping us to combat this disease that has
touched all of our lives so deeply.”
In a recently released study by the Brigham and Women’s
Hospital Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, Harvard
Medical Affiliate, entitled Out of the Shadows: Women and Lung Cancer, researchers noted that this year alone 25,000 women will be diagnosed with lung cancer who never smoked a day in their lives.
“We must make every effort to address lung cancer
comprehensively and ensure that a sufficient research plan is devised
that will best support all areas of prevention, detection and treatment
moving forward,” said Senator Kerry.
In thanking the Senator for his support,
LCA-Massachusetts (LCA-MA) Co-chair and lung cancer survivor, Diane
Legg said, “We are so very grateful for Senator Kerry’s endorsement of
this critically important legislation. I am confident that his
support will encourage other Senators to join this growing list of
Legg continued, "we are close to having the entire Massachusetts
congressional delegation backing of the House companion bill, HR 2112.
We will not rest until we have unanimous support for this landmark
legislation that will improve lung cancer outcomes in Massachusetts and