In 2007, Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment establishing the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, also known as CPRIT. The amendment authorized the state to issue $3 billion in bonds to fund groundbreaking cancer research and prevention programs – which are already making an important difference in the lives of Texans. These bonds will need to be renewed in 2019 so we can continue funding cancer research and prevention in Texas for the next decade. You can help to extend those bonds on November 5 by voting YES on Prop 6.
The investment Texans make in cancer research has paid off. The cancer mortality rate in Texas decreased by 8% from 2011 to 2016, saving more than 10,500 Texans’ lives. CPRIT provides cancer prevention and treatment services to thousands of Texans who otherwise would do without, including over 19,000 patients who receive potentially lifesaving cancer treatment by participating in clinical trials or studies. CPRIT has funded more than 5.7 million prevention services to Texans in all 254 counties, which led to the detection of over 3,600 cancers and identification of over 17,000 pre-cancers. Early diagnosis saves lives.
Most Texans support continuing CPRIT funding to address the emotional and economic costs of cancer. We must not interrupt these lifesaving cancer research and prevention programs. Please join the fight to protect CPRIT’s future!