Obama calls for boost in cancer research

WASHINGTON (AP) - Money for cancer research money would increase under President Barack Obama's proposed budget, a down payment on his pledge to double research funding over five years.

Obama wants more than $6 billion in spending on cancer research at the National Institutes of Health. That would be roughly a 15 percent raise for the National Cancer Institute, which leads the NIH's research into better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

It's part of an overall effort by Obama and Congress to boost spending at the nation's premier research agency. The NIH spends about $30 billion a year in the quest for better health, but in recent years its budget hasn't kept up with inflation.

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