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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Photo of Cancer researcher taking samples

Thank your Members of Congress for voting to increase cancer research funding

As part of its end-of-year work, Congress passed a huge increase for cancer research funding. Please take a minute to thank your lawmakers who supported this lifesaving increase.

Latest Updates

February 6, 2017
New Hampshire

The American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network hosted a legislative breakfast recently to educate state lawmakers about their work. Among those participating, from left, were Senate President Chuck Morse, Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky, Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn... Read more: Union Leader - Scene Setters, Feb. 6

February 1, 2017
Texas

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) will lose its state funding in 2021, unless the State Legislature decides to extend it.

December 12, 2016
Connecticut

Posted in the Dec. 12th edition of the Haddam Now. Read full article -- Earlier this year, the president announced his intentions to redouble the rate of progress to find new treatments and cures for cancer through a National Cancer Moonshot. As a cancer survivor, I have

November 30, 2016

Tonight the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the bipartisan 21 st Century Cures bill, which includes a $4.8 billion funding increase for the National Institute of Health, including the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

Cancer Research Funding Resources

Why do we ask you to take action so many times on the same issue? Watch this fun animated video that explains Congress's complex budget process.

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.