Here are all your questions about the Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventive Services Act of 2018 answered!
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Q: Why is this topic important to the lung cancer community, the public and me?
Q: What will this legislation do for the lung cancer community?
It addresses a woman’s health imperative by establishing a research pathway to explore differences across genders with respect to risk factors, incidence and response to treatment. The effort will also consider methods to accelerate implementation of screening services and development of national public education and awareness programs focused on the lung cancer impact on women and the importance of early detection.
Q: Why does this legislation only focus on women?
Q: What does this legislation establish?
- Increased research on women and lung cancer;
- Improved access to lung cancer preventive services; and,
- National public awareness and education campaigns on lung cancer.
The study and report are to be conducted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Q: Who entered this legislation into Congress?
Q: What can I do to support this legislation?
Q: What will be included in the final study?
- A comprehensive report on the outcomes of previous research, the status of existing research activities and knowledge gaps related to women and lung cancer in all agencies of the Federal Government.
- Specific recommendations for a collaborative, interagency, multidisciplinary, and innovative research program that would; (a) encourage innovative approaches to eliminate knowledge gaps in research; (b) evaluate environmental and genomic factors that may be related to the etiology of lung cancer in women; and (c) foster advances in imaging technology to improve risk assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and the simultaneous application of other preventive services;
- Recommendations for the development of a national lung cancer screening strategy with sufficient infrastructure and personnel resources to expand access to such screening, particularly among underserved populations.
- Recommendations for the development of a national public education and awareness campaign on women and lung cancer and the importance of early detection of lung cancer.
Q: Where can I go for additional details and resources?
- Lung Cancer Alliance Press Release on the introduction of the legislation
- Facts and Figures: Women and Lung Cancer
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital, “Lung Cancer: A Women’s Health Imperative” 2016 Report
- Action Center: Ask your Representative and Senators to co-sponsor the Women & Lung Cancer Legislation