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Your Opinion: Blunt urged to help fund fight against cancer

by Mark A. Runyan, Eldon | January 29, 2015 at 12:06 p.m. | Updated January 29, 2015 at 12:06 p.m.

Dear Editor:

I want to congratulate U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, who was recently chosen to serve as chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Service, Education, and Related Agencies for the 114th Congress. As a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), I know how important this position can be.

In his newly appointed role, Sen. Blunt will oversee funding for several government agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This is an important opportunity for Sen. Blunt to show his leadership in the fight against cancer.

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in our country. This disease costs the U.S. an estimated $216.6 billion each year due to lost productivity and direct medical costs.

The CDC is a leader in nationwide efforts to ease the burden of cancer. The NIH and NCI are the foundations of our national cancer research programs and support research in every state. As chairman of this subcommittee, Sen. Blunt can lead the effort to increase funding for these agencies and support their efforts to find a cure for this disease that touches us all.

Again, congratulations Sen. Blunt. I look forward to watching your efforts in this area and hope that those across Missouri who have been touched by cancer will do the same.

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