Senator Boxer:  Reducing Lung Cancer Deaths   

Monday, October 20, 2008  

Dear Friend:

I am pleased to let you know that I am cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to reduce lung cancer mortality.  Introduced by U.S. Senators Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act of 2008 aims to coordinate federal actions in order to reduce lung cancer mortality.

By implementing a comprehensive policy to help reduce the mortality rate of lung cancer, we hope to reduce lung cancer deaths.  Lung cancer currently accounts for 28 percent of all cancer deaths of men and women in the United States. In fact, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the country.  By coordinating efforts and boosting research, we can reduce this number. 

The Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act authorizes additional funding to expand and intensify research into causes and treatments for lung cancer. It also calls upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement an early disease research and management program and encourages the development of drugs or devices for the prevention and treatment of lung cancer.  These actions can provide positive results in the fight against lung cancer deaths.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer, US Senator, California
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer