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Thursday, February 20, 2003
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Kalee Kreider, Fenton Communications,
Elisabeth Ensley, Environmental Media
NEW REPORT "THE STOP CANCER
BEFORE IT STARTS CAMPAIGN" RELEASED TODAY
Demonstrates Cancer Epidemic Continues
Allocation of Billions of Taxpayer Dollars
WASHINGTON - Today, the Cancer Prevention Coalition
(CPC) released a landmark report entitled, "The Stop Cancer Before It
Starts Campaign: How to Win the Losing
War Against Cancer." This report
is an updated and expanded version of a recent publication in the peer-reviewed
prestigious International Journal of Health Services and is sponsored
and endorsed by some 100 leading scientists and experts in cancer prevention,
policymakers and non-governmental organizations. The report is expected to trigger an investigation into the
National Cancer Institute
The report finds that:
repeated assurances by the National Cancer Institute of major progress in
the war against cancer, the incidence of cancer has escalated to
epidemic proportions since passage of the 1971 National Cancer Act. Cancer now strikes about 1.3 million
and kills about 550,000 annually; nearly one in two men and more than one
in three women now develop cancer in their lifetimes.
escalating incidence of cancer does not reflect lack of resources. Since 1970, NCI’s budget has
increased 30-fold from $150 million, reaching $4.6 billion for 2003;
annual revenues of the American Cancer Society (ACS) are approximately
$800 million. The NCI has exaggerated the amount of funding designated for
prevention. Paradoxically, NCI’s
escalating budget is paralleled by the escalating incidence of
cancer. Accordingly, Rep. Jan Schakowsky
(D-Ill.), a leading member of Congress, is calling for an investigation by
the General Accounting Office.
smoking is unquestionably the single largest cause of cancer, the
incidence of lung cancer in men has declined sharply. In striking contrast, as emphasized by
leading epidemiologist, Dr. Richard Clapp, there have been major
increases in the incidence of predominantly non-smoking cancers in men and
women, as well as in childhood cancers. The incidence of cancer is disproportionately higher among
Black Americans. Rep. John Conyers
(D-Mich.), a leading member of the Congressional Black Caucus, has
expressed concerns as to the grave implications of this racial imbalance.
from basic research, the NCI and ACS -- the "cancer establishment"
--remains fixated on treatment rather than prevention. NCI and ACS failed to develop
meaningful strategies on a wide range of causes of cancers -- such as
childhood, ovarian and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma -- from avoidable
exposures to industrial carcinogens, prescription drugs and diagnostic
Chronicle of Philanthropy, the nation's leading charity watchdog,
has charged that the ACS is "more interested in accumulating
wealth than in saving lives."
“The decades-long silence of the cancer establishment on a
wide range of avoidable causes of cancer, other than personal lifestyle, has
tacitly encouraged powerful corporate polluters and industries to continue
manufacturing carcinogenic products,” warns Cancer Prevention Coalition
Chairman, Dr. Samuel Epstein.
“This silence also reflects an effective denial of citizens'
fundamental Right-to-Know, compromises their empowerment, and results in
serious environmental injustice by unnecessarily sacrificing their health and
welfare,” warns Dr. Nicholas Ashford, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology
public policy expert.
Independent cancer prevention scientists and public policy
experts, strongly supported by representatives of labor, environmental,
consumer and activist cancer groups, socially responsible businesses and
practitioners of integrative and holistic medicine, are engaged in developing
the grass roots THE STOP CANCER BEFORE IT STARTS Campaign. For more information, visit the CPC website