FundResearchNow.org is a website produced by America's prostate cancer organizations to give you the tools to email, write, call or meet with members of Congress to impress upon them the importance of Department of Defense funding for prostate cancer research.
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The Department of Defense (DOD) saves lives.
Take the woman who has won her life back from breast cancer to see her children grow up and the child who has beaten leukemia to ride a bike, grow up and go to college. Chances are they owe their lives to the groundbreaking discoveries accomplished by the Department of Defense.
Playing a key role in the war on cancer, Medical Research Programs at the DOD engage in early, high-risk high reward research that is paying off, leading to breakthroughs including the breast cancer drug Herceptin and the drug Velcade, which is now standard of care for advanced multiple myeloma.
However, promising prostate cancer treatments using new therapeutics are in the works but the DOD prostate cancer research program currently lacks the funding it needs. Bringing these treatments to the nearly 200,000 fathers and brothers who will be diagnosed with the disease this year needs to be a priority. Sadly, more than 28,000 American men died in 2008 waiting for new and effective treatments.
While advances in research have helped reduce the annual prostate cancer death rate by 40 percent during the last decade, prostate cancer remains the leading cause of cancer among men: a non-smoking man is more likely to develop prostate cancer than he is to develop colon, bladder, melanoma, lymphoma and kidney cancer combined.
Inflation and reduced funding due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as political budgetary issues during the past few years have eroded the significant research base established by the only federal program committed 100 percent to prostate cancer research. The Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) at the Department of Defense is crucial for winning the battle against this leading form of cancer.
In an economy where poor business decisions have cost taxpayers billions of dollars, the program at the Department of Defense is giving hope to the millions of men and their families faced with prostate cancer. The PCRP is on the cutting-edge of research. Congress needs to reward efficiency, innovation and accountability with the full funding needed by this highly effective program.
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There are a number of ways that you can support this initiative:
1. Send an email or a letter to your Senators and federal representative. We give you sample language that you can add a personal message to or that you can send as is. (If you are a researcher, use this form with special language.)
2. Review helpful tips for calling or meeting with members of Congress.
3. Send a letter to the editor of your local paper.
4. You can spread the word by sending emails to friends, updating your profile on social networks and more.
5. Post a comment on the site to show the world that this merits discussion.