OVAC Lobby Day on Tuesday, May 15th had 100 cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, physicians and researchers representing 31 states on Capitol Hill pushing federal legislators to support a robust and sustained federal investment in cancer research and prevention programs.
OVAC released a poll showing that nearly 92 percent of voters say federal medical research funding, including for cancer, is “extremely” or “very” important. Seventy-three percent say they support Congress’ decision to increase NIH funding by $3 billion in the FY 2018 omnibus bill and nearly 70 percent say they favor continued significant budget increases for NIH. Additionally, 68 percent of all voters—including 47 percent of Republican voters—oppose significant NIH budget cuts proposed by the president and 60 percent of respondents say Congress should continue to increase investments in medical research even in light of increasing national debt.
And, 87 percent of voters say federal funding for state and local cancer prevention programs through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “extremely” or “very” important and 60 percent think CDC funding should be increased.