(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Kiss, and Delegates Martin, Michael, Mezzatesta and Proudfoot)

Requesting the President of the United States to propose for submission to Congress, for its ratification and approval, an increase in funding for lung cancer research equal to the level of incidence of lung cancer deaths relative to other types of cancer.

Whereas, The National Cancer Institute, the largest component of the National Institutes of Health, coordinates a national research program on cancer cause, prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment; and
Whereas, 178,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year, and of those more than 160,000 will die from the disease; and
Whereas, In 1995, almost 1,600 West Virginians were diagnosed with cancer of the lung and bronchus, making lung cancer the state's most commonly diagnosed cancer; and
Whereas, Lung cancer accounted for 19 percent, or almost one in every five, of primary invasive cancers diagnosed in West Virginia residents; and
Whereas, Data from 1993 through 1995 show that incidence of lung cancer increases with age; and
Whereas, Cancer of the lung and bronchus remain the leading cause of cancer-related death in West Virginia for both men and women; and
Whereas, As in the previous two years, cancer of the lung and bronchus account for approximately one of every three West Virginia cancer deaths; and
Whereas, West Virginia is sixth highest among men and fourth highest among women in age-adjusted mortality for cancer of the lung and bronchus among the 50 states and the Ddistrict of Columbia; and
Whereas, More people die each year from lung cancer than from breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer combined; and
Whereas, The National Cancer Institute spends substantially more money on other cancer prevention research even though lung cancer is the primary cause of cancer death; and
Whereas, November 14, 1997, was declared the first ever National Lung Cancer Awareness Day; and
Whereas, The West Virginia Legislature wholeheartedly endorses the petitions being circulated to President Clinton and members of Congress seeking an increase in research funding; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the President of the United States petition Congress to increase funding for lung cancer research at a level that correlates with its incidence and death rate among the American population; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of House of Delegates shall transmit duly authenticated copies of this resolution to each member of the West Virginia delegation in Congress and to the President of the United States.