I’m writing this letter today to let readers know of Congressman David McKinley’s cosponsorship of H.R. 733. H.R. 733 is the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act introduced by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo of California. The bill currently has 45 cosponsors including representatives from both sides of the aisle.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, yet receives the least amount of federal funding of the five major cancers.
Over 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with the disease in 2011. Approximately 1,099 West Virginians will be diagnosed with this disease this year, including 265 people in the first Congressional District.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers and is one of the few cancers for which survival has not improved substantially in nearly 40 years. Of the 27 cancers tracked by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute, pancreatic cancer is the only cancer with a relative five-year survival rate in the single digits.
The number of new pancreatic cancer cases and the number of deaths caused by pancreatic cancer are increasing, not decreasing. Also, the expected number of new pancreatic cancer cases is projected to increase by 55 percent between the years 2010 and 2030.
For more specific information about H.R. 733, S. 362 (the Senate version of the bill), pancreatic cancer, and/or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, persons may look to www.pancan.org.
As a volunteer of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the sister of a brother who died from pancreatic cancer, I am very grateful that Congressman McKinley stepped up to be the first West Virginia Representative to cosponsor this bill.
Annette Fetty-Santilli, West Virginia Affiliate Coordinator