Celebrity Patients and Scientists Address Congress About Cancer Funding - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/8/08

Celebrity Patients and Scientists Address Congress About Cancer Funding

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If you're a man, there is a 50% chance that you'll be diagnosed with cancer at some point and for women, your chance is one in three. 

Thursday scientists and patients, even celebrity cancer survivors like Lance Armstrong, told Congress that while more money is needed for research, the key to saving lives might be spending more to make sure everyone has health insurance and the opportunity to undergo all the cancer screenings.   

Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska says, "There are women who don't want to come in to screen for fear of the diagnosis, because they don't have the money to do anything about it."

Others told Congress that they are also very concerned about money.  Because just as scientists are on the verge of important breakthroughs, the National Institute of Health's budget for cancer research is expected to drop by $9 million this year.

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