The Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventive Services Act of 2019 brings a targeted approach to close knowledge gaps and advance research to address the disparate impact of lung cancer on women. The legislation also advances preventive screening and a coordinated awareness program to educate the public on the impact of lung cancer and the importance of early detection.
First introduced in 2016, the legislation has been reintroduced as a bipartisan and bicameral bill in the 116th Congress. The Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Veterans Affairs, shall conduct an interagency review to evaluate the status of, and identify opportunities related to:
1) Increased research on women and lung cancer.
2) Improved access to lung cancer preventive services.
3) Launch of a national public awareness and education campaign on lung cancer.
We must magnify our efforts to make our voices heard and raise awareness. Together, we can demonstrate our strong commitment to positive change for the lung cancer community.