As World Cancer Day Approaches, Higgins Says U.S. is On Track to Reach A Day Without Cancer
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the Congressional Cancer Caucus and founder of the National Institutes of Health Caucus, welcomed the intensified U.S. effort in the fight against cancer. This week, as we recognize February 4th as World Cancer Day, the White House pledged $1 billion in federal funding over the next two years to attack one of the largest health threats facing families today.
Higgins addressed the issue on the House Floor:
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The President first announced the “Cancer Moonshot” initiative in his annual State of the Union Address. This week the Administration dedicated $195 million in new cancer research funding immediately with plans for an additional $755 million FY2017. Vice President Joe Biden, who lost his son to cancer last year, chaired the first meeting of the Cancer Moonshot Task Force on February 1st.
Higgins, whose district includes Roswell Park Cancer Institute, one of just 45 National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country, has been a champion for a substantial increase in the federal commitment to research aimed at better treatments and the elimination of disease. Last year he introduced H.R. 531, the Accelerating Biomedical Research Act, bipartisan legislation that would add over $57 billion in new funding to the NIH over the next 6 years.
This year alone cancer is expected to kill an estimated 600,000 Americans and 8.2 million people worldwide.