Fund Pancreatic Cancer Research at the DoD

Urge the House to provide $20 million for the dedicated pancreatic cancer research program at the Department of Defense.

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Sign the Pancreatic Cancer Research Program Dear Colleague

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, and someone who has been impacted by pancreatic cancer, I urge you to sign the Eshoo-McKinley-Carson-Stivers Dear Colleague letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense in support of $20 million for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Program at the DoD. Your support of this critical source of federal research ensures that high-impact, high-reward pancreatic cancer research continues for a disease with no early detection method and few effective treatments.

Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death. Sixty-five percent of pancreatic cancer patients will die within their first year of diagnosis and the five-year survival rate is only 10%. We lose too many people to this disease and too quickly. Research is the key to solving this disease.

More federal funding for pancreatic cancer research correlates with increased survival.

Congress created the Pancreatic Cancer Research Program at the DoD in fiscal year 2020, and appropriated $15 million in fiscal year 2021. I thank Congress for their bipartisan efforts to make pancreatic cancer a national priority and appreciate the commitment to improving and extending patients' lives. There was a groundswell of interest from the pancreatic cancer research community in the program's inaugural year, reinforcing the need and interest to better understand and detect pancreatic cancer.



That is why I urge you to sign the Dear Colleague letter spearheaded by Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA), David McKinley (R-WV), Andre Carson (D-IN), and Steve Stivers (R-OH). The letter to the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee requests $20 million for the dedicated pancreatic cancer research program.

I ask that you sign this letter by April 26 to ensure its consideration during the fiscal year 2022 appropriations process. Please contact Aisling McDonough (aisling.mcdonough@mail.house.gov) in Rep. Eshoo's office to sign the Dear Colleague Letter.

Patients and survivors are relying on you to invest in critical research.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]