Advocacy for ovarian cancer is a powerful tool that the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) has been committed to since 1997. Advocacy helps to ensure that ovarian cancer patients have access to the care and treatments they need. It also has helped to secure more than $2.2 billion in federal funding for ovarian cancer research and awareness.
Right now, we are focusing our advocacy efforts on several important programs that have historically received federal funding but could be at risk because of the current cost-cutting environment on Capitol Hill. The programs that we’re working to keep the funding for are:
- $20 million for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program within the Department of Defense- Ovarian Cancer Research Program
- $8 million for the Ovarian Cancer Control Initiative at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- $5.5 million for Johanna’s Law at the CDC
- $5.9 billion for the National Cancer Institute, out of $34.6 billion for National Institute of Health
Strong federal funding for ovarian cancer research and education programs will allow us to build on prior investments in the search for better prevention, early detection, and treatment of ovarian cancer. Click here to send a message to Congress asking them to support ovarian cancer research and education.
Later this summer, we’ll ask for your help again as we urge Congress to make sure that every woman has access to oral chemotherapy, regardless of her income or location. Stay tuned!