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June 13, 2012

Encourage signing of Cancer Research Act

MILLEDGEVILLE — Cancer is a disease that affects millions and can be devastating, but due to progress in medical technology, most forms of cancer can now successfully be treated.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about pancreatic cancer. For many, it is a death sentence. In fact, only 6 percent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive five years.  

This must change. And the good news is that it can. Congress is currently debating the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act. The legislation will require that the National Cancer Institute draw up a long-term comprehensive strategy to address pancreatic cancer with a focus on increasing the current survival rate.

The goal is achievable, but Congress must act. On June 26, citizens from around the country will unite and call on members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to help bring an end to this deadly disease (visit www.knowitfightitendit.org for more info).  

With your support, we can give every person diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a fighting chance. Please join me in urging Senators Chambliss and Isakson and Congressman Scott to pass the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act, so that thousands more won’t pass away. Thanks to Senators Chambliss and Isakson and Congressman Scott for cosponsoring this bill.

Jennifer Flory

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