Last week, the AUA signed on to a letter with One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC), which was then delivered to members of Congress. The letter was in support of 2021 emergency funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a result of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as support for an increase in research funding for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22). The OVAC letter is in line with AUA advocacy initiatives urging Congress to provide the NIH with at least $15.5 billion in response to the COVID-19 emergency, a funding level of at least $46.1 billion for NIH funding in FY 2022, including $7.6 billion directed toward to the National Cancer Institute, and $35 million in FY 2022 for Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaigns through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cancer Programs.
The AUA, along with 50 additional patient and physician organizations, noted the importance of funding for cancer research, prevention and survivorship, as well as the need to continue these as budgeted priorities. A copy of the letter is attached.