Friday, September 19, 2008

From the Ovarian Cancer Action Network~Cancer Trust Fund Legislation Introduced

Cancer Trust Fund Legislation Introduced

In 2008, cancer will claim the lives of more than 559,000 Americans and will cost our nation $206 billion in lost productivity, human capital, and increased direct medical costs. Of all the cancers, ovarian is the deadliest gynecologic cancer and the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women. This year more than 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 15,000 will die from the disease.

One of the last bills to be introduced before the Congressional recess was the Cancer Trust Fund bill, a piece of legislation that aims to fully fund cancer initiatives through the federal government. By raising the tax on cigarettes, Congress and cancer advocacy groups hope to accelerate the War on Cancer, declared in 1971. Since then the relative five year survival rate for ovarian cancer has increased from 38 percent to 45 percent, indicating that ovarian cancer needs more research, early detection and treatment. These issues, and others, are addressed in the Cancer Trust Fund bill.

Introduced by Mr. Israel (D-NY) and Mr. Higgins (D-NY), the bill aims to augment the annual appropriations to fight cancer. Mr. Israel, a long time supporter of the fight against ovarian cancer says the bill is an important step in the fight against cancer. “Cancer researchers have made great strides over the years and we need to continue that progress,” said Rep. Steve Israel. “I’ve introduced legislation to create a Cancer Trust Fund that will ensure cancer research funding continues when times are tight. I hope this legislation will help get us closer to a cure.”

Monies from the Trust Fund will be available for research on early detection, treatment, prevention and survivorship issues. Further, the Trust Fund will support the breast and cervical cancer early detection and treatment program and the colorectal cancer early detection and treatment program. Other areas funded by the program include clinical trials, care for the underserved, and cancer workforce programs.

Specifically, cancers with survival rates below 50 percent are to receive special emphasis in funding in order to raise survival rates through the discovery of early detection tools, treatments and prevention. “This is a wonderful way to focus on the deadliest cancers, like ovarian. We are delighted to support this legislation,” said Dr. Karen Orloff Kaplan, Sc.D., Chief Executive Officer of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

The bill will raise the federal tax on small cigars from $1.828 per thousand to $50.00 per thousand; on large cigars the tax will go from 20.719 percent of the sale price but not more than $48.75 per thousand to 52.988 percent of the price for which the cigar is sold but not more than $3.00 per cigar. The federal tax on small cigarettes will increase from $19.50 per thousand to $50.00 per thousand, and the tax on large cigarettes will increase from $40.95 per thousand to $105.00 per thousand. Taxes will also be increased for cigarette papers, cigarette tubes, smokeless tobacco, pipe tobacco and roll your own cigarettes. These taxes are projected to raise $35 billion over 5 years.

The House bill is H.R. 6791.


a beacon of hope for those affected by Ovarian Cancer & Gynecologic Cancers

About Us:

LI OCEANS is an acronym for Long Island Ovarian Cancer Education Advocacy Network & Support. Our group is comprised of women living with Ovarian & Gynecological cancers, from the newly diagnosed to the long-term survivor.

In 2004, several women personally affected by Ovarian Cancer met, exchanged ideas, shared stories, identified the need for change, merged ultimate values and priorities and then made a decision that would transform lives.

They didn't know where they would find the time, the energy, nor the money to create an organization for women with Ovarian & Gynecologic Cancers, but they forged ahead nevertheless, with hope as their guiding light. They knew that without their understanding, passion and strength that other women with ovarian cancer would continue to suffer in isolation.

LI OCEANS recognized the urgent need for awareness; advocacy and action-they aspired to be the voice for Ovarian Cancer and save the precious lives of our mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, friends & neighbors!

Our goal is to create awareness among women the medical community and the greater population regarding early warning signs and symptoms that may be indicative of ovarian cancer, resulting in earlier detection.

Our purpose is to provide support, resources, networking, and education for those women diagnosed with ovarian and gynecologic cancers. We support the advancement of research for early detection and cure of ovarian cancer.

Our mission is to educate, advocates with the ultimate hope to eradicate this deadly disease!

LI OCEANS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit approved by the IRS. Your tax-deductible contributions allow us to continue our battle against ovarian cancer, to raise awareness in the community and to provide education and support to ovarian cancer victims and their families through a network of survivors.

How Can I Help? We are always in need of volunteers!

We need people just like you! Please Help Get the Word Out!

We need you! Tell someone you love about ovarian cancer and the symptoms to watch. When you care, keeping quiet is not an option. Until there’s a test, word of mouth is best.

Together we can save lives.

Volunteer your time and talents to get the word out.

LI OCEANS INC greatly appreciates the support from our friends who host fundraising events on the LI OCEANS behalf.

If you would like to host an event to benefit the LI OCEANS here are a few ideas:

Rubber Duck Race
House party/ tea party or picnic
Walking/Running Event
Night At The Races
Hiking or Biking Event
Health and wellness day at your local workout club
Game night - Trivia night- Poker Party-Name that tune
Karaoke Yard Sale- Plant Sale- Bake Sale
Wine Tasting -wine and cheese evening
Fashion show
Murder Mystery-50’s,60’s,70’s Dance
Host A Teal Awareness Day
Golf tournament -tennis tournament

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.