HOT BLAST: How long has the U.S. been at war with cancer?
Nov 04, 2013 | 715 views |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Most of the annual Relay for Life events don't happen locally until the spring, but now is as good a time as any to take a look at the status of cancer research in the United States.

A new video and written report posted this morning by The New York Times is a fascinating glance on this topic. The video report is quite compelling -- and disappointing, as anyone will see when they watch it. Billions have been spent on cancer research, and only in a few areas has there been a significant and constant drop in cancer rates.

As for the crux of reporting, The Times wrote: "One way to look at the era researchers say they are entering is to say that the war on cancer was the impetus. It spurred interest in the disease and as a result money flowed to basic research. Another way to look at it is to say basic research was the key and the war on cancer was incidental.

"But whether the war on cancer was more slogan or solution, most researchers believe cancer treatment, at least, is starting to change. After decades of little progress, they now are starting to go beyond the old mainstays (chemotherapy, surgery and radiation) that have never been enough against this disease.

"The biggest challenge, prevention, remains. And other than stopping smoking, nothing yet has been terribly promising."

-- Phillip Tutor

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