Washington, D.C. – On Thursday March 15, 2007, Representatives Deborah Pryce (R-OH), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Joe Sestak (D-PA) and Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Norm Coleman (R-MN) introduced the Conquer Childhood Cancer Act of 2007. This legislation will provide critical resources for the treatment, prevention and cure of childhood cancer. The Conquer Childhood Cancer Act brings hope to the more than 12,500 children who are diagnosed with cancer each year. Over 40,000 children and adolescents currently are being treated for childhood cancers.
The Conquer Childhood Cancer Act of 2007 is a landmark piece of legislation which authorizes $150 million over a five-year period to expand support for biomedical research programs of the existing National Cancer Institute-designated multi-center national infrastructure for pediatric cancer research, establish a population-based national childhood cancer registry, enable researchers to more accurately study the incidence of childhood cancers and long-term effects of treatments, and provide funding for informational and educational services to families coping with a diagnosis of childhood cancer.
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