Eleven thousand Americans die from cancer each week. These eleven thousand Americans are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, and children. One in every three American women and one in every two American men will face a cancer diagnosis at some point in their lifetime. If you're under 85 years old, cancer is the leading cause of death.
These numbers are not acceptable, and it's time we unite to do something about it. CANCER MISSION 2020 is an initiative of Camp Good Days and Special Times, a nonprofit that serves families that have been touched by cancer, aimed to build awareness and create a call to action, to ensure collaboration and a coordinated effort between public and private sectors in cancer research. Thousands of people have signed the petition to end cancer by the end of the decade.
The CANCER MISSON 2020 legislation will strengthen cancer research reporting requirements to make research data more available and ensure taxpayer dollars are not being spent on duplicative studies. The lack of enforcement in reporting clinical trial results led Congressman Reed to draft and reintroduce legislation that makes it mandatory for researchers to publish all data from clinical studies, whether the results are positive or negative. The bill establishes a national clearinghouse, under the auspices of the National Institute of Health (NIH) and includes penalties for researchers who do not comply.
Through HR 2301, which was introduced in July 2013 by Congressman Tom Reed, and sponsored by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Congressman Chris Collins, we aim to end cancer by the end of the decade.