Friday, September 12, 2014

Message from Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) MA

Dear Dixie,
Thank you for contacting me to express your support for increasing funding for ovarian cancer research.
According to the American Cancer Society, there will be 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer in 2013 and 14,400 deaths nationwide.  One out of 72 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime, and the disease is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the U.S.  Ovarian cancer is also difficult to diagnose, and there are no screenings for the disease.
For these reasons, I signed on to Senator Stabenow's resolution to declare September National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  It is important that we alert women and physicians to the symptoms of this disease so that it can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.  Additionally, I strongly support increasing our government's investment in scientific research to build the knowledge base necessary to advance medicine.  I am proud to have supported increased funding during the appropriations process for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), our nation's premier medical research agency and funder of academic medical research around the country.  Robust funding for the NIH gives scientists and physicians the support they need to carry out research that will change the landscape of diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer.  During the appropriations process, I was also proud to support $20 million in funding for the Ovarian Cancer Research Program at the Department of Defense.
We need to support patients, families, and providers to ensure better outcomes for Americans suffering from this disease, and I will continue to fight alongside my Senate colleagues to find ways to provide funding that will lead to a better screenings for ovarian cancer, as well as better treatments and a cure.
Thank you again for contacting me about this issue, and please do not hesitate to reach out to my office again in the future about issues of importance to you or if I can be of assistance.
Elizabeth Warren
United States Senator

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