We commend Congress for recognizing the increased risk of developing mesothelioma for our service men and women and continuing to fund this much needed research.
Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) June 27, 2013
Earlier this month, the House Appropriations Committee passed the FY2014 Defense Appropriations Bill, which included mesothelioma as a topic area in their Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program for the third year. Mesothelioma researchers will be eligible to apply for $15 million in research funding.
Mesothelioma has been included on the list of diseases eligible to receive funding through the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) since Fiscal Year 2008. The CDMRP has funded a total of $8.9 million in mesothelioma research to date. In Fiscal Years 2008, 2009, and 2010 it was included in the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) to compete for $50 million dollars.
In 2011, as a result of the advocacy of the mesothelioma community, it was moved to the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP), to compete with a smaller number of topic areas for $16 million. In 2012, this sparse amount of funding was decreased to $12.8 million. It returned to $16 million in 2013. The $15 million included in the House Defense Bill is slightly more than a 6% cut from the 2013 amount.
"We are pleased that the advocacy of the mesothelioma community has continued to secure this funding for mesothelioma for the 7th consecutive year," said the executive director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation Mary Hesdorffer, Nurse Practitioner. "We commend Congress for recognizing the increased risk of developing mesothelioma for our service men and women and continuing to fund this much needed research."
This bill will next move to the House Floor, and then on to the Senate. Updates will be available at http://www.curemeso.org.
Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor of the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. Medical experts consider it one of the most aggressive and deadly of all cancers. Approximately 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year and an estimated one-third were exposed while serving in the Navy or working in Navy shipyards.
ABOUT THE MESOTHELIOMA APPLIED RESEARCH FOUNDATION
The Meso Foundation is the only 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by it. The Meso Foundation actively seeks philanthropic support to fund peer-reviewed mesothelioma research; provide patient support services and education; and advocate Congress for increased federal funding for mesothelioma research. The Meso Foundation is the only non-government funder of peer reviewed scientific research to establish more effective treatments for mesothelioma and, ultimately, a cure for this rare, but extremely aggressive, cancer. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $8.2 million to research.