Reflections on ''The Cancer Crusade''

by Richard A. Rettig

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Testimony presented to the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Committee on Agriculture, U.S. Senate, at hearings on ''Nutrition and Cancer,'' June 12, 1978. It summarizes the events of 1970 and 1971 that led to enactment of the National Cancer Act of 1971. The rhetorical excess of the advocates of an expanded cancer program is criticized, especially for the use of the "moon shot" analogy. Also criticized are scientific proponents for their failure to provide a scientific or clinical justification for rapid program expansion. A review of the National Cancer Program at the end of its first decade is called for.

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