Cancer Research Funding

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Cancer research saves lives.   

Every new breakthrough in freeing the world from the pain and suffering of cancer - from new cures to innovative ways to prevent and treat the disease - have one thing in common; the research was in some way funded by the federal government's National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute.   

Yet, when adjusting for inflation, federal funding for cancer research has seen huge cuts over the last decade. Increasing funding for cancer research must be a top budget priority for Congress.  

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Latest Updates

January 9, 2018
Virginia

Working together, we can convince lawmakers in Virginia that fighting cancer should be a top priority. Our elected leaders make critical decisions that affect cancer-related programs and issues. With your help, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is leading the fight to conquer cancer at the State

November 30, 2017
Rhode Island

Earlier this year, the White House budget proposal suggested a drastic cut of nearly 20 percent to cancer research funding. As a cancer patient, I believe not only that this is wrong, but that we should be increasing funding instead. I went to my doctor in February 2016 with a

November 15, 2017
Maryland

Easton Doctor of Nursing and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Ambassador Receives Abeloff Award for Excellence in Public Health and Cancer Control from Maryland Department of Health Dr. Michele Williams has received the 2017 Martin D. Abeloff Award for Excellence in Public Health and Cancer Control from the

November 8, 2017
National

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) sent a letter to House leadership and committee chairs asking that they reconsider provisions of their tax proposal that could harm cancer patients. Specifically, ACS CAN opposes eliminating the medical expense deduction and ending tax credits for developing so-called “orphan drugs”.

Cancer Research Funding Resources

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are the foundation of our national  cancer research program and support research in every state. Today, that program is making remarkable progress in every area of discovery to improve cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and care.