This year, we are "celebrating" the 40th anniversary of the passage of the National Cancer Act.
As a pancreatic cancer advocate, I feel that I have little to celebrate. The five-year survival rate today is about the same as it was in 1971.
That is why I am calling on my members of Congress to co-sponsor and pass the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act (S. 362/H.R. 733).
It is critical to helping us find a new path to progress for this devastating disease. I am all for continuing the status quo when it produces results, but that strategy has failed for pancreatic cancer.
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My own story is difficult to tell. My wife of more than 51 years and high school sweetheart of 59 years died of this devastating disease. As a result, I entered the fight against pancreatic cancer.
On June 14, I joined more than 500 advocates from across the country in Washington to meet with legislators; thousands of others called in as part of Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day. Our message was simple: We do not have another 40 years to wait for progress. We need Congress to act now.
Contact our senators and representative and ask them to co-sponsor this legislation: Sen. Jim DeMint, 202-224-6121; Sen. Lindsey Graham, 202-224-5972; and Rep. Joe Wilson, 202-225-2452. Richard Boccabella Hilton Head Island