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Behind the Scenes at the State of the Union

Posted by Lisa McGovern, Executive Director, Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program on January 25th, 2012 | No Comments »
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There has been a great deal written and said before, during and after last night’s State of the Union address. While wading through news, blogs, tweets and Facebook posts, this tweet from Congresswoman Lois Capps caught my eye and brought a smile to my face.     [caption id="attachment_6356" align="alignright" width="358" caption="Freda Manzullo, Rep. Lois Capps, and Steve Andrews with daughter, broadcaster Erin Andrews at the 2011 Congressional Families Cancer Prevention awards luncheon"][/caption] This seating arrangement at the State ...

US Senate Commemorates National Cancer Act 40th Anniversary

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy on December 14th, 2011 | No Comments »
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December 2011 marks a milestone in the Federal commitment to the war on cancer. Forty years ago, the US Congress passed, and President Richard Nixon signed, the National Cancer Act of 1971, a bill which expanded our country’s national cancer program and gave the National Cancer Institute unprecedented authority and resources to begin a comprehensive approach to understanding and developing more effective tools to prevent and treat cancer. Today, several members of the United States Senate, ...

Capps Congressional Champion for Lung Cancer Prevention

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy on November 15th, 2011 | No Comments »
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The legislative process is complex, and Congress can be a difficult branch of government to navigate to have a positive impact on prevention policy.  Having Congressional champions is critical, and Congresswoman Lois Capps has been a steadfast supporter of prevention, research and quality of care.  The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention program recently honored her for her work in this regard.  As we observe lung cancer awareness month, Congresswoman Capps’ work in support of lung cancer ...

Lung Cancer: Opportunities to Reduce Mortality Through Policy

Posted by Lisa Hughes, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy on November 9th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women, accounting for 28 percent of all cancer deaths, more than colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and pancreatic cancer combined. Yet in research dollars per death, lung cancer is the least funded of the major cancers. However, more so now than perhaps at any other time in recent memory, we have an opportunity to capitalize on advances in screening, a shifting attitude ...