Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Brainerd Dispatch: Nolan helps re-establish Lung Cancer Caucus

Apr 11, 2017
In The News

U.S. Reps Rick Nolan D-Minn., and Frank LoBiondo R-N.J., on Thursday announced the reestablishment of their bipartisan Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus.

Nolan spearheaded the effort to create the caucus after his youngest daughter, Katherine Nolan-Bensen, was diagnosed with Non-Smoking Stage 4 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, a news release from Nolan's office said.

LoBiondo has long been involved in raising lung cancer awareness following the deaths of his wife's parents to the disease.

"Lung cancer is a terrible disease that has affected so many families, including my own," Nolan said. "I am proud to stand with my colleagues in taking this important step toward improving understanding of lung cancer and eradicating the stigma that surrounds it."

The caucus will continue to serve as a clearinghouse of information to aid members of Congress in their understanding of the issues surrounding those who are living with and those who are at risk for lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death in men and women, across every ethnic group and those who serve in the military. The Lung Cancer Caucus will help to educate and inform members on issues specifically related to eliminating the stigma, reducing mortality, improving survivorship, furthering research and ensuring equitable access to preventive screening, treatments, diagnostics and testing, the release said.

Lung Cancer Alliance also praised the reestablishment of the Lung Cancer Caucus.

Lung Cancer Alliance is the oldest and leading non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and advancing research by empowering those living with and at risk for lung cancer.

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