Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Nolan Speaks Out for Lung Cancer Funding At Life & Breath Lung Cancer Awareness Rally and Die-In

Nov 3, 2017
Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, Co-Chair of the Lung Cancer Caucus, today spoke out for more lung cancer awareness and research funding at Life & Breath (LAB) Lung Cancer Rally and Die-In held in front of the United States Capitol.


“This declaration of a state of a national emergency is what this is really all about,” Rep. Nolan said in his remarks. “The simple truth is, every day, 433 people die in this country of lung cancer. At the same time, we’re spending less on basic fundamental research for lung cancer than any and all the other cancers. And that’s wrong, that’s unfair, and the time has come to declare a state of national emergency.”


Rep. Nolan’s daughter, Katherine Bensen, a Stage IV survivor of non-small cell, non-smoking lung cancer, also gave a speech, as well as former NFL star and lung cancer research and awareness advocate Chris Draft, who lost his wife to the disease, and Greta Kreutz, former D.C. news personality and lung cancer survivor.


Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States, accounting for about 1 out of 4 cancer deaths are from lung cancer. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. The NIH allocated $331 million for FY2016 specifically for lung cancer research, as opposed to $656 million for breast cancer.