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January 17, 2011 18:54 ET

Leading Health Organizations Commend Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst for His Support of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - January 17, 2011) -   Today, the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, LIVESTRONG, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Texas Medical Association and the Texas Public Health Coalition commended Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for his support of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, who serves as President of the Texas Senate and a leader of the Legislative Budget Board, has promised full funding in the amount of $300 million annually for the agency as the state legislature begins to address the budget for fiscal years 2012 and 2013.

"Cancer is a horrible disease, affecting everyone, including me...The sooner CPRIT can find cures from some of the many types of cancer, the better off all of us will be," said Lt. Gov. Dewhurst.

"We are grateful to Lt. Gov. Dewhurst for his commitment to CPRIT, which enables our state to build on the momentum it has achieved in expanding our cancer research capabilities, creating high quality jobs and building a self-sustaining cancer industry," said Doug Ulman, LIVESTRONG president and CEO. "Through his leadership, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst is helping to reduce the cancer burden and advance the health and well being of his fellow Texans."

Cancer is the world's leading cause of death affecting one in two men and one in three women. An estimated 95,000 Texans will be diagnosed with cancer this year and 37,000 will die from the disease.

Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment in 2007 establishing CPRIT and authorizing the state to issue $3 billion in bonds to fund groundbreaking cancer research and prevention programs and services in Texas. Since beginning operations in September 2009, CPRIT is expediting innovation and commercialization in the area of cancer research and enhancing access to evidence-based prevention programs and services throughout the state. CPRIT investments are projected to infuse almost $1 billion into local economies around the state. 

For more information about CPRIT, visit www.cprit.state.tx.us.

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