Volunteers from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network of South Carolina are among representatives from across the country in Washington, DC this week to lobby Congress on cancer research funding.
Lead ambassador of the Palmetto State’s group Pansy Yates told South Carolina Radio Network that they want lawmakers to make cancer a national priority. “We know that the fight against cancer can’t be won with research alone,” she said. “Lawmakers’ decisions have an impact on the fight against cancer.”
She said that more than 80 percent of federal funding is spent on biomedical research projects at local research facilities across the country, including South Carolina. “In 2015 the National Institute of Health (NIH) awarded $152.5 million in grants and contracts to South Carolina.
According to NIH, in 2015 nearly $24 billion funded almost 50,000 research grants to more than 300,000 researchers at over 2,500 universities, medical schools, and other research institutions in every state.
Yates said it is estimated that nearly 28,000 South Carolina residents will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone and the disease will kill more than 10,000 of them.