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Despite repeated assertions by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that America is winning the war against cancer, the incidence of cancer has escalated to epidemic proportions, striking most American families.
Cancer now impacts about
1.3 million Americans annually and kills 550,000; 44 percent of men
and 39 percent of women develop cancer in their lifetimes.
A leading member of the Congressional Black Caucus has expressed concerns as to the grave implications of this racial imbalance.
While smoking is
unquestionably the single largest cause of cancer, besides a risk
factor for some other cancers, the incidence of lung and other
smoking-related cancers in men has declined sharply. In striking
contrast, there has been a major increase in the incidence of
predominantly nonsmoking cancers in men and women, which is
disproportionately higher among Black Americans, and also in the
incidence of childhood cancers.
These culminated in their 1998 Report Card, claiming a recent,
However, this “reversal” was minimal and artifactual.
Furthermore, in October
2002, NCI admitted to significant errors in underestimating its
published incidence data, apart from delays in reporting these data.
escalating budget over the last three decades is paralleled by the
escalating incidence of cancer.
This exclusionary claim remains based on a scientifically discredited 1981 report by British epidemiologists, Drs. Richard Doll and Richard Peto; Doll’s strong pro-industry record over recent decades is still largely unrecognized. They guesstimated that lifestyle factors are responsible for up to 90% of all cancers, with the balance arbitrarily assigned to environmental and occupational causes.
For the ACS, this indifference to primary prevention extends to hostility, compounded by conflicts of interest with the giant cancer drug and other industries.
Not surprisingly, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the nation's leading charity watchdog, has charged that the ACS is,
These considerations are
more critical in view of the increasing domination of NCI policies
by the ACS.
However, independent estimates, unchallenged by NCI, were under $50 million, 2.5% of its budget.
In NCI’s 2001 $3.7
billion budget, $444 million, 12%, was allocated to “Cancer
Prevention and Control,” with no reference to primary prevention.
ACS “Environmental Research” funding in 1998 was $330,000, less than
0.1% of its $678 million revenues, apart from $873 million assets.
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