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

October 16, 2017
Indiana

Columbus, Ind. - October 4, 2017 Local cancer volunteer takes cause to the capitol By Staff Reports - 10/4/17 12:42 AM Columbus resident Misty Derringer has helped the American Cancer Society for 12 years as a volunteer, but in September she took on a new role that involved traveling

October 12, 2017
Montana

I met with Representative Gianforte and explained that each dollar Congress puts toward cancer research offers hope to the lives of so many. New breakthroughs in treatment and prevention won’t sit idle in labs across the country, instead, they will be delivered to those who need it the most.

September 18, 2017
Michigan

Next week, Jennifer Coston, from Merrill, will join more than 700 cancer patients, survivors, volunteers and staff from all 50 states and nearly every congressional district in Washington, D.C., as part of the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Leadership Summit and Lobby Day. Midland Daily News Published 2:00 am, Saturday, September 9, 2017

September 12, 2017
Washington

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) received the National Distinguished Advocacy Award, the most esteemed award presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) for her dedication to protecting patient access to adequate and affordable health care coverage, increasing federal cancer research funding and her career-long support for policies and programs intended to end death and suffering from cancer.

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.