11. WHY WE'RE LOSING THE WAR ON CANCER
Most Americans believe that we're made serious progress against cancer
during the last decade. The belief is understandable -- in 1971, the
federal government launched a much ballyhooed "war on cancer"
that has drained off literally billions of dollars in tax money
much of it for a smooth public relations campaign that periodically
issues soothing pronouncements about new "cures."
The reality is that we are losing the war on cancer.
In 1971, one patient died from cancer every 93 seconds; in 1980, one
dies every 78 seconds.
Ten years ago, the number of new cancer cases was 650,000; ten years
later, the number has jumped to 785,000.
Despite the National Cancer Institute claims of undreamed of progress
and cure rates, every year the cancer death toll climbs by one percent.
Medical researcher Martin Kernberg reveals, in a well-documented article,
how the cancer death toll is steadily rising and why the federal "war"
has been an ignominious failure. He shows how the government deliberately
misuses statistics to mislead the public about the death rate; how massive
federal funding has corrupted scientific institutions and distorted
the direction of scientific inquiry; how federal researchers have neglected
promising new lines of research while doggedly pursuing paths that have
long proved fruitless but are traditional and hence safe; and how the
major news media have cooperated in this whole charade.
In short, Kernberg demonstrates how the federal research effort has
wasted billions of dollars and millions of lives.
The public, confused by medical dialect and conflicting statistics,
does not realize what is happening. Yet, the mass media, secure in the
belief that cancer-cure stories mean more readers, rarely challenge
the official perspective or invest the resources to learn the intricacies
of the disease and its treatment.
The media's failure to provide significant coverage of this problem
which affects more and more Americans every year qualifies this story
for nomination as one of the ''best censored" stories of 1980.
Inquiry, November 24, 1980, "Why We're Losing the War on Cancer,"
by Martin Kernberg.