Friday, October 27, 2006

When medical reality doesn't match the spin - -

When medical reality doesn't match the spin - - "The NCI has faced a huge problem since 1971 when President Richard Nixon ordered the 'war on cancer.” Deaths from cancer — not only total deaths — but the death rate adjusted for the age of the population — have been climbing. Only last year for the first time did the death rate drop by a mere 1 percent. To secure funding, NCI is always painting a rosy picture of progress. The optimism in the face of reality reached its apex in 2005 when Dr. Andrew von Eshenbach — appointed by President Bush to head the NCI — declared a goal to 'eliminate suffering and death due to cancer by 2015.' Many scientists derided the statement."

The desire for money makes even scientists do strange things !

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