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Stopping Cancer Before It Starts

Top Scientists Explain How to Win the Losing War Against Cancer

(Washington, DC). 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. While smoking-related cancers have decreased in men, there have been major increases in non-smoking cancers in adults as well as childhood cancers. Cancer incidence, besides mortality, is disproportionately high among Black Americans. A leading member of the Congressional Black Caucus has expressed concerns as to the grave implications of this racial imbalance.

Since the NCI's budget has escalated from $150 million in 1970 to $4.6 billion this year, why are we not making more progress preventing cancer?

How much money is NCI actually spending on cancer prevention? A leading member of Congress is calling for an investigation by the General Accounting Office.

Why are citizens not being informed about scientific evidence on avoidable causes of a wide range of cancers?

How can citizens reduce their own risks of cancer?

What strategies are needed to win the war against cancer?

WHO : Samuel Epstein, M.D., Professor emeritus, Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health; and Chairman, Cancer Prevention Coalition
Nicholas Ashford, Ph.D., J.D., Professor of Technology and Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Richard Clapp, MPH, D.Sc., Professor of Public Health, Boston University

WHAT : Press Conference and release of a seminal new report, "THE STOP CANCER BEFORE IT STARTS CAMPAIGN: How to Win the Losing War Against Cancer." The report has been sponsored and endorsed by some 100 leading scientists and experts in cancer prevention, public policy, and labor, besides representatives of consumer, environmental, socially responsible business, and other activist groups.

WHEN : Thursday, February 20 at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE : National Press Club, Zenger Room (529-14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC)

Copies of the report will be available at the press conference.

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