To the editor:
It is unacceptable in this day and age that there is a cancer for which the relative five-year survival rate is still in the single digits at just 6 percent. It is particularly unacceptable when you consider that the overall five-year relative survival for all cancers is now 67 percent and the overall cancer incidence and death rates are declining, while the incidence and death rates for pancreatic cancer, the nation's fourth leading cause of cancer-related death, are increasing. This situation cannot be allowed to continue.
Congress has the power to change these statistics by passing the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act (S. 362/H.R. 733), which will ensure that the National Cancer Institute develops a long-term comprehensive strategic research plan. The bill has overwhelming bi-partisan support, including half of the Senate and more than half of the House.
On Tuesday, advocates from Ohio will join more than 600 individuals from across the country in Washington, D.C., for the sixth-annual Pancreatic Cancer Advocacy Day. We will thank U.S. Sen, Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio (202-224-2315), and U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta (202-225-5705), for their support of the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act and urge them to work for its passage before the end of the year.
Unfortunately, we do not have the support of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. Please call him at (202) 224-3353 and ask him to support this bill.
Join me by supporting those of us traveling to our nation's capital by contacting our members of Congress on Tuesday for a national call-in to ask them to pass the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act. You can go to www.knowitfightitendit.org to learn more. Together we can make a difference in the fight against pancreatic cancer. Thank you for your support.
Former Bergholz resident
and daughter of the late George Crim