The AACR Call to Action
In order to fulfill the extraordinary scientific and medical promise of
cancer research and biomedical science, the AACR respectfully
urges Congress to:
• Work in a constructive, bipartisan fashion to find a more balanced
approach to address the federal deficit and prevent sequestration
from occurring in January 2013; and
• Designate NIH and NCI as top national priorities by providing
annual budget increases at least comparable to the biomedical
While it is imperative that Congress take action to stop the
threatened sequester and once again make funding of the NIH and
NCI national priorities, the responsibility is not theirs alone. As such
the AACR also urges the citizens of this great Nation, who benefit
from this life-saving research, to urge their respective legislators to
support cancer research and biomedical science.
If we are to ultimately transform scientific discoveries into
therapies that improve the lives of cancer patients, it is going to
require an unwavering commitment of Congress and the
Administration to invest in our country’s remarkably productive
biomedical research enterprise led by the NIH and NCI.
577,190 people in the U.S.
are estimated to die of cancer in 2012.