Action needed to support prostate cancer research funding (again)

Prostate Cancer International and PCPC3 (along with ZERO and others) encourage our American readers to call or e-mail your senators between now and Monday, please

and to insist that they support the Durbin amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which will be debated next week.

The National Defense Authorization Act has been designed to eliminate the entire Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) within the Department of Defense – inclusive of the Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) and other cancer research programs too. The PCRP has been a critical component of the nation’s prostate cancer research initiatives for the past 20+ years, and the largest source of federal funding designated exclusively exclusively for prostate cancer research.

This would effectively wipe out one of the most successful federally funded prostate cancer research programs here in America … a program that has helped to bring multiple new drugs to market for the treatment of prostate cancer in the past 5 years, as well as supporting a wide range of more basic and less immediately apparent research.

For more information about why you should want this program to continue (and better still be expanded) see these two statements on the PCPC3 web site:

If you want to call or e-mail you senator, you can use the resources easily available on the ZERO web site to find relevant contact information for your two senators.

3 Responses

  1. With all due respect, with an issue of such vital importance, it would well worth noting how to get action in Washington D.C. from the breast cancer movement in the 1980’s and 90’s. It would be very easy for this organization to draft an email, or copy that men could use…copy and paste…to leave a message in a Senator’s comment communication, or a phone script. It is even possible to prepare an automatically prepared email that men would need only address and “sign.”

    To write: “If you want to call or e-mail you senator,…..” is not likely to produce the volume that Washington will notice.

    Just think, with so many men elected to Congress, how could this even be an issue?

    The prostate cancer organizations need to buy the breast cancer playbook, collaborate with each other, and perhaps hire some of the people that created the hugely successful Congressional breast cancer campaign.

    We’re not going to make it if you don’t.

  2. Your Zero site doesn’t work. I cannot contact anyone or use anything that is there.

  3. Dear Richard:

    ZERO usually has appropriate form e-mail letters available that people can send directly to their senators. Why they have not done this for this particular issue is not a question that I cannot answer at prsent.

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