A new act by Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) in relation to cancer detection, research, prevention, and treatment could help in the fight against this deadly disease, according to a recent report. The new act is known as the 21st Century Cancer ALERT (Access to Life-Saving Early detection, Research and Treatment) Act.

Particular attention will be given to rare forms of cancer where there are fewer than forty thousand incidences per year and where there is a five year survival rate of less than fifty percent. Senator Kennedy said: “We include programs that will bring resources to the types of cancer we least understand.”

One of the types of cancers that will be addressed through this new act is the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma, which is a form of cancer that is linked to exposure to asbestos dust and fibers.

Senator Kennedy said: “In 2008, over 1.4 million Americans were diagnosed with some form of cancer, and more than half a million lost their lives to the disease. In sum, we need a new model for research, prevention and treatment of cancer, and we are here today to start that debate in Congress.”

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