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NIH/NCI

Historically, there has been a great disparity in the amount of research funding that mesothelioma has received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). As recently as 2011, cervical cancer, which has a similar death rate to mesothelioma and now has a vaccine, was funded at $81 million, while mesothelioma received less than $10 million in funding. This is more than 8 times more than mesothelioma.

With only one FDA approved treatment for mesothelioma, it is vitally important that this funding is sustained and increased as the only option for many patients is to participate in clinical trials.

In 2011, Cervical Cancer, which has a similar death rate to mesothelioma and now has a vaccine, was funded at $81 million, while mesothelioma received less than $10 million in funding. This is more than 8 times more than mesothelioma.

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