LIVESTRONG is proud to be one of the 40 organizations to make up OVAC- One Voice Against Cancer. OVAC is a broad coalition of cancer-related organizations representing millions of Americans that works in support of federally funded programs that engage in the fight against cancer and will work to ensure that the Administration and Congress make funding for cancer research and related programs a priority.
This year, LIVESTRONG is bringing 29 advocates and 3 staff members to take part in this important lobbying day and we wanted you to know what we and the other organizations are asking of our government officials in Washington DC. Below is a basic listing of “asks”. There are solid dollar amounts attached to each of these asks, but the basic overall message is that cancer research, prevention and access to care is incredibly important to the millions of Americans living with cancer. One in every three women and one in every two men will be diagnosed at one point in their lives. We cannot continue to cut the budget for these initiatives. It is imperative for the future of our country and the welfare of Americans to have properly funded agencies and programs.
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1. Fund cancer research
Ongoing cancer research is on the verge of making great progress in the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer. This progress is in jeopardy without sustained funding.
- At National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- At National Cancer Institute (NCI)
- At National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities
2. Fund cancer prevention, early detection, and tobacco programs
Additional funding will provide more screening and education programs where they are most needed.
- At the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- The CDC funds state-based programs for monitoring, screening, prevention, and awareness.
3. Fund nursing programs and patient navigation
Patient navigation programs help low-income cancer patients navigate the health care system and overcome barriers to health care
- At the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
- Title VIII Nursing programs fund nursing scholarships and loan repayment
4. Fund drug approval
Additional resources will help FDA to further integrate cutting-edge science and streamline the translation of cancer research from early stage discovery to clinical application.
- At the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Help fund safety programs, lab upgrades, IT systems, and more inspectors
5. Fund cancer programs for children
- Support programs at NCI, CDC and Dept of Health and Human Services
- Fund pediatric cancer research, public awareness and education programs, pediatric cancer registry
6. Full appropriation for the Prevention and Public Health Fund
- As authorized in the Affordable Care Act, The Fund will invest in improving our nation’s overall public health by supporting programs at the local, state, and federal levels.