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NCI Told to Expand Blood Cancer Research

NCI Told to Expand Blood Cancer Research

With President Bush having signed the Hematological Cancer Research Investment and Education Act on May 14, the NCI will have to "expand, intensify, and coordinate programs for the conduct and support of research with respect to blood cancer, and particularly with respect to leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma." 

That is the language in the bill sponsored by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex), who introduced the bill because the National Institutes of Health (NIH) currently spends less than 5% of its research budget on blood cancers, although these diseases account for 11% of cancer deaths in the United States. "While there is much progress being reported in our war on cancer, deaths from blood-related cancers are still increasing," said Sen. Hutchison. 

In addition to more research, the bill also directs the NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services to undertake a public education campaign.

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