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

March 16, 2017

The president introduced a proposed FY 2018 budget today that includes deep cuts to medical research. If approved by Congress, the cuts would represent 19 percent of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) total budget and would likely result in a $1 billion cut to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

February 28, 2017

Changing the nation’s health care system is likely to feature prominently in the president’s speech to Congress. As the president accurately stated yesterday, health care in this country is incredibly complicated and interconnected. Any future changes require careful consideration and should preserve patient protections and access to meaningful, affordable health insurance.

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.

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.