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H.Res. 69: Expressing support for designation of the 17th day in May as “DIPG Awareness Day” to raise awareness and encourage the research into cures for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) and pediatric cancers in general.

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 30, 2017 (Introduced).

IV

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 69

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 30, 2017

(for himself, Ms. Speier, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. McCaul, Mr. Cárdenas, Mr. Murphy of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Comstock, Mrs. Dingell, Mr. Delaney, Ms. Brownley of California, and Mr. Soto) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

RESOLUTION

Expressing support for designation of the 17th day in May as DIPG Awareness Day to raise awareness and encourage the research into cures for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) and pediatric cancers in general.

Whereas diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) affects 200 to 400 children in the United States each year with certain regularity;

Whereas brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related death in children;

Whereas DIPG is the second most common malignant brain tumor of childhood;

Whereas DIPG is the leading cause of childhood death due to brain tumors;

Whereas the median survival time is only 9 months post diagnosis with treatment;

Whereas 5-year survival is less than 1 percent;

Whereas given the age at diagnosis and the average life expectancy, the number of life years lost annually because of DIPG is approximately 25,000 years of person life lost (calculated as the number of children diagnosed by average of male and female life expectancy from that median age, 300 × 80 = 25,000 years of person life lost annually);

Whereas prognosis has not improved for children with DIPG in over 40 years; and

Whereas government funding for research for pediatric cancer as a singular designation has been represented by less than 4 percent of the National Cancer Institute budget in any given year: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives—

(1)

supports the designation of DIPG Awareness Day;

(2)

encourages all people of the United States to become more informed about diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) pediatric brain cancer, and the current challenges to the medical research system in designating sufficient research funding for pediatric cancers;

(3)

supports expanded research to better understand DIPG, develop effective treatments, and provide comprehensive care for children with DIPG and their families; and

(4)

encourages the National Cancer Institute and other research funders to elevate their consideration of mortality rate of a type of cancer as well as the life years lost as significant factors considered during the grant application process.