Pancreatic cancer battle continues

To the editor:

President Barack Obama made history in the fight against pancreatic cancer by signing into law the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, formerly known as the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act. Thanks to the hard work and persistence by pancreatic cancer advocates and our congressional champions, this legislation will finally bring hope to those affected by the disease.

This legislation means we are one step closer to creating a national strategy for combating pancreatic cancer, developing early detection tools and effective treatments and improving the lives of those affected by this devastating disease. Pancreatic cancer is anticipated to move from the fourth leading cause of cancer death to the second leading cause of cancer death by 2020, possibly as early as 2015. Support from the president and Congress of this bill means we can create a national plan to begin to reverse this trend.

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, played a critical role in helping the landmark legislation reach the finish line. On behalf of all those affected by pancreatic cancer, Johnson has my sincere gratitude.

Amy Macko

Central Ohio

Advocacy Coordinator

Pancreatic Cancer

Action Network

Former Bergholz resident

and daughter of the late George Crim