The Urgent Need for Mesothelioma Research
FACT: From 2004 through 2007, the National Cancer Institute’s annual investment in mesothelioma research was less than $6 million. This is only one tenth of one percent of the NCI’s annual budget; while the NCI is investing as much as 9 times more, per death, on other cancers.
Each year approximately three thousand or more Americans develop mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer that, after a latency period of ten to fifty years, aggressively invades the linings of the lungs, abdomen, heart or testicles. It is a cancer that affects our parents, our children, our friends and our neighbors.
Mesothelioma was formally identified as a cancer in the 1940s, but for decades research for better treatment options has been underfunded. Today mesothelioma receives federal fundation that is only one tenth of one percent of the National Cancer Institute's budget, and the NCI is investing as much as 9 times more, per death, on other cancers.
Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, depending upon the patient's age and overall health at time of diagnosis. A national investment supporting the advance of the science in a way that is meaningful requires more public engagement and more federal investment. Some of the most brilliant medical minds are dilligently working toward scientific breakthroughs, but they require more infrastructure, more support, more funding. We invite you to join the cause today.