The Politics of Cancer Revisited

East Ridge Press, 1998

By Samuel S. Epstein

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We Can Reverse the Cancer Epidemic. So Why Don't We?
  • Misdirected policies of the "cancer establishment": National Cancer Institution and American Cancer Society.
  • Unbalanced fixation on damage control - diagnosis and treatment - and molecular biology.
  • Not always benign indifference to cancer prevention
  • Pervasive conflicts of interest with the cancer drug and other industries.
Two decades following his landmark The Politics of Cancer, Samuel S. Epstein, M.D. now presents fresh, compelling and detailed evidence on why we are losing the winnable war against cancer. The author's basic charges are backed by 65 leading national public health and cancer prevention experts, including part directors of three federal health agencies (OSHA, NIOSH, &NIEHS).


Presenting... THE POLITICS OF CANCER Revisited                 by Samuel S. Epstein, MD

Foreword by Congressman David Obey, Introduction By Congressman John Conyers

In their own words...

"... This work is muscular, relentless, and compelling. Its thesis: billions of public dollars are being misspent in an ill-conceived 'war on cancer'-a war we are losing because we are not addressing the increasingly carcinogenic environment that man has created. The author documents that opposition from powerful corporate interests, and their allies in government and the academy, has sustained this strategy... A must-read for the scientist and the citizen concerned with the public's health... a must-read."

Quentin D. Young, M.D., Past President, American Public Health Association

" A remarkable scientifically documented analysis of the failing war against cancer and the reason for the failure. This book also provides a practical road map for personal and political opportunities for turning the tide of the modern cancer epidemic."

Devra Lee Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H., World Resources Institute, Washington, D.C.


" Cancer continues to be the scourge of many workplaces; this book is an extraordinary weapon to mount an attack on this deadly disease... Dr. Epstein's work is a strong rebuttal to the self-interested Pollyannas in the cancer establishment and provides worker advocates with essential knowledge that will serve to protect the lives of those we represent."

Robert Wages, President, Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers International Union, AFL-CIO.

"A unique and superbly documented indictment of the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society for their reckless indifference to cancer prevention, for their incestuous relationship with the cancer drug industry, and for their false claims for miracle cancer drugs and for winning the war against cancer."

Barbara Seaman, Co-founder, national Women's Health Network and the author, the Doctors' Case Against the Pill.

In this book, world-cancer-expert Dr. Samuel Epstein indicts the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society for responsibility in losing the cancer war.

We are not winning the war against cancer. We are losing the war. The number of Americans getting cancer each year has escalated over recent decades, while our ability to treat and cure most common cancers has remained virtually unchanged. 

Dr. Epstein states: "The National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society have misled and confused the public and Congress by repeated false claims that we are winning the war against cancer  claims made to create public and Congressional support for massive increases in budgetary appropriations." 


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