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How to Win the Losing Cancer War, 1st Edition

By Samuel S. Epstein


400 pages

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Award-winning author, Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., whose 1978 book ""The Politics of Cancer"" shook the political establishment by showing how the federal government had been corrupted by industrial polluters, has written a book that is sure to be of equal consequence. ""Cancer-Gate: How to Win the Losing Cancer War"" is a groundbreaking new book. It warns that, contrary to three decades of promises, we are losing the winnable war against cancer, and that the hand-in-glove generals of the federal National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the private ""nonprofit"" American Cancer Society (ACS) have betrayed us.These institutions, Epstein alleges, have spent tens of billions of taxpayer and charity dollars primarily targeting silver-bullet cures, strategies that have largely failed, while virtually ignoring strategies for preventing cancer in the first place. As a result, cancer rates have escalated to epidemic proportions, now striking nearly one in every two men, and more than one in every three women. This translates into approximately 50 percent more cancer in men, and 20 percent more cancer in women over the course of just one generation.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Congressman David Obey



Introduction by Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

PART I Cancer Policy and Politics

1. Losing the War Against Cancer: Who's to Blame and What to Do About It

2. Debate on Policies of the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, and American College of Radiology

A. Losing the "War Against Cancer": A Need for Public Policy Reforms

B. Mammography Radiates Doubts

C. National Cancer Institute Reaffirms Commitment to Prevention National Cancer Institute

D. American College of Radiology Refutes Epstein's Comments on Mammography American College of Radiology

E. Cancer Establishment Continues to Mislead Public: Epstein Rebuts National Cancer Institute

and American College of Radiology Responses

F. The Cancer War and Its Critics Washington Post

G. Epstein Rebuts the Washington Post Editorial

3. Dangers and Unreliability of Mammography: Breast Examination Is a Safe, Effective, and Practical Alternative With Rosalie Bertell and Barbara Seaman

4. Evaluation of the National Cancer Program and Proposed Reforms

5. American Cancer Society: The World's Wealthiest "Nonprofit" Institution

6. Legislative Proposals for Reversing the Cancer Epidemic and Controlling Run-Away Industrial Technologies

7. The Crisis in U.S. and International Cancer Policy

8. Strategies for the Stop Cancer Campaign

9. REACH: An Unprecedented Science-Based European Initiative for Regulating Industrial Chemicals

PART II Poorly Recognized Carcinogens in Food

10. Debate on Safety of Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone

A. Potential Public Health Hazards of Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone

B. FDA Publishes Bovine Growth Hormone Data Ann Gibbons, (in Science)

C. Rebuttal of Gibbons's Article Discrediting the Epstein Publication Vicente Navarro

11. Questions and Answers on Synthetic Bovine Growth Hormones

12. Unlabeled Milk from Cows Treated with Biosynthetic Growth Hormones: A Case of Regulatory Abdication

13. The Chemical Jungle: Today's Beef Industry

14. Preventing Pathogenic Food Poisoning: Sanitation, Not Irradiation with Wenonah Hauter

PART III Pro-Industry Bias, Corporate Crime, and Poorly Recognized Risks of Cancer

15. Pro-industry Bias in Science

16. Corporate Crime: Why We Cannot Trust Industry-Derived Safety Studies

17. Industrial Risks of Colorectal Cancer With Bret A. Lashner

18. Industrial Risks of Breast Cancer

PART IV Epilogue

Why We Are Still Losing the Winnable Cancer War

Appendix: Endorsers of Proposals for Cancer Policy Reform

References and Further Readings


Praise for Recent Books by Samuel S. Epstein

Praise for Cancer-Gate

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Policy, Politics, Health and Medicine Series

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PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health