- Jackson man to cast electoral vote for Trump; others trying to dissuade him (11/29/16)50
- Man killed by vehicle had been charged with domestic assault (11/30/16)
- Hotel chain president: City should regulate short-term lodging (11/27/16)16
- Former Cape council member dies, remembered as 'wonderful public servant' (11/29/16)1
- Woman accused in three robberies disguised herself as man (11/29/16)5
- Thankful people: Marble Hill woman been through much and remains thankful (11/24/16)
- Officers: Delta man dies during domestic dispute (11/28/16)1
- Business notebook: New store shows faith in Scott City district (11/28/16)
- Missouri chamber to honor Cape's John Mehner (11/30/16)4
- Light Christmas: Thousands gather to view Parade of Lights (11/28/16)5
Cancer research needs funding
There are 11 million cancer survivors in this country today because of past investments in medical research. I am one of those fortunate individuals, thanks to those who championed cancer research in the past. However, 1,500 people still die from cancer in America each day because there are no effective detection and treatment tools for some of the deadliest cancers.
New screening tests and treatments won't see the light of day if we fail to make federal funding for cancer research a top priority. Each year, 1.4 million people in America are told they have cancer. To ensure groundbreaking new research projects are not short-circuited, Congress must make cancer research funding a top priority.
I am calling on all members of Congress to boost funding for the National Institutes of Health to $35 billion and the National Cancer Institute to $5.8 billion to sustain research funding at levels provided last year in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Too many families are still waiting for the development of screening tools and treatments for the deadliest cancers. Congress must act this year to provide the funds needed to ensure the progress being made against cancer is not reversed.
WAYNE C. PRESSLEY, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Volunteer, Cape Girardeau