13 Pages

Why We Are Still Losing the Winnable Cancer War

WithSamuel S. Epstein

The cancer establishment’s strategies are overwhelmingly imbalanced. They are fixated on damage control—screening, diagnosis, and treatment—and related research, to the virtual exclusion of prevention. The cancer establishment generals are riddled with longstanding conflicts of interest. Ever since President Nixon declared the 1971 “War on Cancer,” its generals—at the federal National Cancer Institute (NCI), and at the world’s wealthiest non-profit, the American Cancer Society (ACS)—have misled the nation. At first, they promised a cure in time for the nation’s 1976 bicentennial. On June 3 2004, a joint NCI and ACS “Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975–2001” stated that “cancer incidence and death rates are on the decline from 1991–2001, due to progress in prevention, early detection, and treatment.” The NCI is a federal agency funded by taxpayers, while the ACS is a private nonprofit “charity.”