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LCA Applauds Senate Action Increasing Cancer Research Funding

Washington, DC, [May 22, 2008]--Today the United States Senate approved a $400 million increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health. The increase in funding is part of an overall package of budget supplements that still must be passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and signed by the President.

Lung Cancer Alliance President Laurie Fenton said today: “LCA was pleased to be a part of the advocacy effort to increase research funding and we hope that if enacted a substantial part of this increase will flow to lung cancer research.”

According to updated statistics released by LCA last week, although lung cancer causes more deaths each year than all the major cancers put together, it receives the least amount of funding in federal research dollars per death.

The statistics can be viewed at www.lungcanceralliance.org