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April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former House Aging Committee Director
Robert Weiner and
George Washington University Professor Dr.
Patricia Berg, a GWU Medical Center cancer laboratory director, make the case that "You can't sequester cancer. You can only hurt the research that treats and prevents it, and stop the treatments themselves." In an article in today's
Washington Times, Weiner and Berg say, "That is the message of 18,000 scientists gathered for the American Association for Cancer Research's annual convention this week in
Weiner and Berg say, "Those thousands of scientists-- usually wonky researchers poring over their microscopes -- held a 'Rally for Medical Research' on the grounds of the Carnegie Library across from the
Washington Convention Center. In rhythm to drumbeats, the scientists became political advocates as they chanted after each speaker, 'More Progress! More Hope! More Life!'"
Argue Weiner and Berg: "Cancer is neither Democratic nor Republican. 1.6 million people a year get it, according to the National Institutes for Health. 40,000 women each year die from breast cancer alone. Cancer mortality -- to be clear, that means the number who die from the disease -- has been reduced by one-third over the past three decades-- largely from the research that has produced new drugs, treatments, prevention strategies, and knowledge about better diet and living habits. Still, one of two men, and one of three women, will contract cancer sometime in their lives, and then becomes subject to 'the vortex of disbelief and fear,' as one speaker explained."
The authors contend, "When we sequester the research -- stop it dead in its tracks so no additional advances can be made by scientists who are on the cutting edge -- we are cutting off our nose to spite our face."