Governor Rick Scott attended an event at the Moffit Cancer Center where he talked about the sunshine state investing more than $300 million to support the fight against cancer.
Scott explained that “Nearly everyone has been affected by cancer in some way. Our families deserve to have the best treatment possible without leaving Florida, which is why I have fought for funding to make our state the best state in the nation for cancer research and treatment.”
In 2014, he proposed Florida’s National Cancer Institute Cancer Center Program, and it has since then increased the number of cancer centers in Florida.
In response to this, Governor Scott’s office detailed that “The NCI Cancer Center Program provides $60 million each year to Florida’s three Cancer Centers – Moffitt Cancer Center, the University of Florida Health Shands Cancer Center, and the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center. Funding from the program helps these cancer centers enhance research and innovation and supports their work to maintain or achieve an NCI designation. When the Shands Cancer Center and the Sylvester Cancer Center receive NCI designation, Florida will join North Carolina as the only state in the Southeast with multiple NCI-designated cancer centers.”
In addition, President and CEO of the Moffit Cancer Center, Dr. Alan List, praised Governor Scott for his aid in helping the fight, saying that “Thanks to the continued support of Governor Scott, we have been able to fund cutting-edge research and recruit doctors and scientists from around the world to bring their skills to Moffitt. We will continue to work everyday to find innovative treatments for our patients as we search for the breakthroughs of tomorrow.”