You’d think someone, at some point, would ask why so much money has been allocated to cancer research over the years, with so little impact on cancer mortality.
After almost a century, cancer is still the No. 2 cause of death in the U.S. Why?
Cancer research is important and should, of course, go on. But let’s not kid ourselves that it’s been cost-effective, because by almost any definition, it hasn’t been. Since President Nixon declared a War on Cancer in 1971, we’ve dumped $500 billion into the conflict—and the cancer death rate has hardly budged.
I use the word “cancer” as if it’s one disease. It isn’t, of course. Like “heart disease,” cancer is actually a diverse assortment of horrors. But it’s customary to count it as one disease in discussions of mortality in this country, so that we can point at it and say “Cancer is the Number Two cause of death in America,” and then presidents can declare war on it, $10 billion a year in taxpayers’ money can be set aside for research on it (approximately $500 billion in 2012 dollars spent since Nixon declared war) so that a $50-billion-a-year commercial industry of toxic therapies (some of which cost patients $10,000 a month) can be built around it, and meanwhile irrationally exuberant futurists can talk of achievable immortality in our lifetime (with arguments that don’t even come close to passing the straight-face test) when there’s no cancer cure in sight.
It might do exuberant futurists some good to spend a little time pondering the fact that roughly $20,000 in anti-cancer research money has been spent for every single person in the U.S. who has died of cancer in the last 40 years; and yet cancer is still the No. 2 cause of death in America; and after it’s gone, after it’s cured once and for all, this No. 2 Cause of Death, we will have extended human life a grand total of (drum roll, please) a whopping 3.3 years (loud cymbal-crash).
The Latest Bing News on:
War on Cancer
- Christchurch author dies after battle with bowel canceron November 24, 2020 at 11:26 pm
KNOWN author from Sopley who wrote over 50 published books and war novels in her lifetime, has died aged 89. Edna Dawes, who wrote under the pen names Emma Drummond and, more recently, Elizabeth ...
- Yuma teen battles stage four kidney canceron November 24, 2020 at 4:03 pm
A Gila Ridge High School graduate and Arizona Western College welding student was devastated to find out he was diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer.
- British Woman Who Survived Nazi Plot, Plane Crash, Cancer and Now Covid-19 Turns 100on November 24, 2020 at 1:55 am
Andrews managed to beat the deadly virus over a period of few months and came out stronger, having defeated the virus to mark her 100th birthday.
- Special Report: Ortega media enrich his family, entrench his hold on Nicaraguaon November 23, 2020 at 2:20 pm
But new chief executive Juan Carlos Ortega Murillo, then 28 years old, quickly imposed orders for “good news” about his father’s government, according to several former employees of the station. Many ...
- Kalro product timely weapon in war on aflatoxinson November 23, 2020 at 1:04 pm
Kalro has revealed that it has developed a fungus that will contain the spread of aflatoxin. This is great news not only to farmers but also to maize consumers across the country considering the ...
- How do you fight cancer and create jobs at the same time? NC is showing the wayon November 23, 2020 at 9:35 am
This is a proud moment for North Carolina. Well beyond seeing significant economic growth and job creation, we are taking a leadership role in the war on cancer. Let's make sure this investment p ...
- Care home lockdown rules stop family seeing resident on her 100th birthday to mark extraordinary life that saw her survive Nazi assassination attempt, desert air crash, breast ...on November 23, 2020 at 7:53 am
A bomber command heroine who thwarted a Nazi assassination attempt, a horror plane crash, breast cancer and even coronavirus has celebrated her milestone 100th birthday.
- Laughing in the face of waron November 22, 2020 at 10:16 am
Laughing in the face of war Up Next, Cancer patient: 'It is just inhumane' Video, 00:02:29Cancer patient: 'It is just inhumane' Elephant rescued from deep well in a 14-hour operation. Video, ...
- Veteran battles war, cancer, COVID-19on November 13, 2020 at 11:44 pm
Over the years, Hargett battled colon cancer, two heart attacks, and COVID-19. “Whether it be COVID, whether it be the enemy that we have to fight, whether it be racism, it doesn’t matter. If you get ...
- How a Wartime Disaster Led to a Cancer Breakthroughon October 30, 2020 at 4:59 pm
Jennet Conant's new book, "The Great Secret: The Classified World War II Disaster That Launched the War on Cancer," explores the unexpected link between that great secret and another one, namely a ...
The Latest Google Headlines on:
War on Cancer
The Latest Bing News on:
- Judit Giró Benet develops home-testing kit for breast canceron November 25, 2020 at 12:00 am
Spanish engineer Judit Giró Benet has won the 2020 international James Dyson Award for her design The Blue Box, which enables women to test themselves for breast cancer at home using a urine sample.
- Liver cancer ten times more likely in men with common genetic disorder haemochromatosison November 24, 2020 at 8:02 am
Men who have the Western world's most common genetic disorder, haemochromatosis, are ten times more likely to develop liver cancer, according to a major new study.
- Why immunotherapy only works for some with head and neck canceron November 24, 2020 at 6:27 am
University of Cincinnati researchers have discovered new clues into why some people with head and neck cancer respond to immunotherapy, while others don't.
- CMS should pay for colorectal cancer screening for the benefit of allon November 24, 2020 at 5:30 am
Covering easy-to-perform, early screening is cost effective, saving billions of dollars while promoting good health in underserved communities and among African Americans, who disproportionately bear ...
- Unusual Tx for Hypercalcemia in Breast Cancer Patient on Dialysison November 24, 2020 at 5:16 am
Her records show that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent mastectomy on the left side. The cancer subsequently metastasized to her bones, and it was decided then that there should be no ...
- Al Roker returns to 'Today' show after prostate cancer surgery: 'I feel good'on November 23, 2020 at 5:27 pm
Al Roker returned Monday to the "Today" show, just over two weeks after he took leave for prostate cancer surgery.
- CRISPR-Based Therapy Shows Early Promise for Canceron November 23, 2020 at 1:56 pm
Researchers say they have used CRISPR, a new technology that allows scientists to edit a cell’s DNA, to destroy cancer cells in mice.
- Medicaid expansion likely improved colon cancer care, study findson November 23, 2020 at 12:37 pm
Medicaid expansion has likely improved care of colon cancer, researchers said in a study published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The researchers compared states that ...
- 'Hidden' Prostate Cancer on Biopsy Usually Means Good Outcome: Studyon November 23, 2020 at 12:28 pm
Negative biopsies among early-stage prostate cancer patients who've chosen active surveillance are associated with a low risk of disease progression, but they aren't a sign that their cancer has ...
- Monitoring Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment Response: 5 Things to Knowon November 23, 2020 at 12:22 pm
Although some patients with advanced breast cancer are living longer, a better understanding of treatment response and disease progression is necessary.