Medical research is at risk

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April is National Cancer Control Month, and there is no better time to step up and advocate for lifesaving medical research. A recent report from ’€œPBS NewsHour’€ highlights the crippling effects of sequestration on funding for cancer research. The story of the Riggins laboratory is just one example of labs all over the country having to slow or stop promising research due to a lack of funding.

According to the American Cancer Society’€™s 2013 report, more than half a million Americans are expected to die from cancer this year alone.Cancer ranks as the second most common disease, exceeded only by heart disease. Some aspects of cancer risk are inherent, such as having a faulty gene that leads to high cancer incidence in your family; areas of research such as these are in dire need of our support. Thankfully, there are other choices and behaviors that people can change to reduce the risk of cancer. This ACS 2012 report suggests that people who are overweight have a higher risk of developing cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently launched a new campaign to provide smokers with tips to help them quit, drawing on the advice and experience of other former smokers.

Join Research!America and our members to advocate for increased funding for medical research!

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Without continued support for health research, many of the most promising young scientists, their ideas and a myriad of potentially life-changing scientific breakthroughs will vanish into oblivion.
Paul Marinec, PhD; University of California San Francisco