May is National Cancer Research Month


Research saves lives. Fundamental research into pediatric cancers has led to a 66% decrease in mortality for these cancers over the past 40 years. Research!America is proud to recognize May as National Cancer Research Month in conjunction with our many members who are working to find and fund cures for all types of cancer. Research institutions like the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center are just a handful of Research!America members who are working in this vital area of research.

In light of the ongoing debates among Washington policy makers about priorities for the 2014 federal budget, there is a tremendous opportunity for you to help save research. Basic research that will lead to cures for cancer, rare diseases, Parkinson’€™s and other devastating diseases have already been cut by sequestration’€”cuts that will remain in place for a decade if Congress does not act. Contact your representatives today to speak up for research!

Want to learn more about the burden of cancer in the United States? Watch this video from the American Association for Cancer Research.

You can join with the AACR in recognizing National Cancer Research Month. Visit the Facebook page for National Cancer Research Month and follow the topic on Twitter using the hashtag #NCRM13. More information about cancer is also available from the American Cancer Society.

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If concerted, long-term investments in research are not made, America will lose an entire generation of young scientists.
Brenda Canine, PhD; McLaughlin Research Institute, Montana