I am sure you have noted change is in the air in Washington, DC now that President Obama has been sworn in and the 111th Congress is in session. We have a great opportunity to make an impact on fund allocations for prostate cancer in this new environment.
Us TOO International has joined with the Prostate Cancer Foundation, ZERO: The Project to End Prostate Cancer, Men’s Health Network, the National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions, Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN), The Prostate Net, Malecare and six other non-profits in creating a priority initiative of America’s prostate cancer organizations.
Working together, we are supporting an effort to increase funding of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) for Prostate Cancer at the Department of Defense (DOD). Our goal is to have $125 million appropriated for 2010. The Prostate Cancer Research Program at DOD is the only federal program that is 100% dedicated to prostate cancer research.
The Prostate cancer community has struggled to conduct human clinical trials and level funding for the past 8 years ($85 million from FY2002-FY2005 and $80 million from FY2006-FY2009). Combined with increases in indirect costs and other inflation-related issues, a net decrease in direct funding for Prostate cancer research has resulted and the program cannot directly fund clinical trials in fiscal year 2009.
Please join us by writing your Congressman and Senator today and let them know why you want federal funding for prostate cancer research increased at the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense (CDMRP).