April 11, 2019

Manchin, Capito Reintroduce Legislation To Promote Women's Lung Cancer Research

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), today reintroduced the bipartisan Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventative Services Act of 2019. The bill would encourage more research into the prevention and treatment of lung cancer in women, particularly for those who have never smoked, and require federal agencies to evaluate and report their findings to Congress.

“Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer taking the lives of far too many West Virginians and Americans, each and every year. Although, there have been huge advancements in cancer research, screening and treatment in recent decades, there is still a lot we do not understand about lung cancer and more needs to be done, especially around why women have a higher chance of developing it. I am proud to be a co-sponsor of this bipartisan bill, so that we can work together to make sure more of our loved ones beat this awful disease,” said Senator Manchin.

“As lung cancer continues to affect women in West Virginia and other states—especially among non-smokers—at disproportionate rates, we need to truly understand the problem and its causes to effectively address it,” Senator Capito said. “This bipartisan legislation will support research that allows us to improve treatment and prevention efforts and better provide for the health and wellbeing of women across the country.”

U.S. Representatives Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA-2) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.