Proposal Would Increase Cancer Research Funding, Prevention Efforts

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Sen. John Edwards (N.C.) on Sunday in Iowa said that he plans to outline a proposal to address cancer in the U.S., the AP/San Francisco Chroniclereports. Among other provisions, the proposal, which Edwards plans toannounce on Monday at a two-day forum sponsored by seven-time Tour deFrance winner and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, would:

  • Seek a significant increase in NIH funds for cancer research;
  • Expand efforts to test and monitor chemicals that might increase cancer risk;
  • Establisha national research program to identify environmental factors thatmight increase cancer risk and promote lifestyle changes that mightreduce risk; and
  • Increase support for respite care for individuals who care for cancer patients.

Edwards said, "I'm going to propose a national strategy for cancer survivorship. It's a new way of thinking about cancer."


Inaddition, he said, "I want any man or woman who faces this diagnosis tohave access to ... high-quality health care," adding, "Uninsured cancerpatients get half the treatments and have higher morality rates. Weneed to have a national strategy" (Glover, AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 8/26).

Richardson Discusses Health Care in Nevada

In other election news, presidential candidate New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) on Wednesday during a visit to Fernley High School in Fernley, Nev., discussed health care and other issues, the Nevada Appeal reports.

Duringthe visit, Richardson said that the U.S. should focus on access tohealth care for the uninsured, underinsured and individuals withpre-existing medical conditions. In addition, he said that U.S. shouldimprove health care for veterans and mental health care for troops(Pearson, Nevada Appeal, 8/24).

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