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The Obama Cancer Plan Should Prioritize Prevention, Says Cancer Prevention Coalition
Date:1/23/2009

patient, although their survival rates are similar.

The Obama Cancer Plan is subject to Congressional authorization, and funding approval by Congressman David Obey, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Senator Robert Byrd, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. These committees are now in a position to require that major priority should be directed to cancer prevention rather than just to oncology. Clearly, the more cancer is prevented, the less there is to treat. As importantly, this will also be of major help in achieving President Obama's goal "to lower health care costs."

As cancer prevention scientists and advocates, we strongly welcome the new Administration with joy and hope.

Samuel S. Epstein, MD

Professor emeritus Environmental & Occupational Medicine

University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health,

Chairman, Cancer Prevention Coalition

2121 West Taylor Street, MC 922

Chicago, IL 60612

e-mail epstein@uic.edu

    ENDORSERS

    Nicholas A. Ashford, PhD, JD
    Professor of Technology and Policy
    Director, MIT Technology and Law Program
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Rosalie Bertell, PhD
    International Association for Humanitarian Medicine
    International Science Oversight Committee for the Organic Consumers Association
    Yardley, Pennsylvania

    James Brophy, PhD
    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Department of Sociology and Anthropology
    Board of Directors, Toxic Free Canada
    University of Windsor
    Ontario, Canada

    Richard Clapp, D.Sc., MPH
    Professor
    Boston University School of Public Health
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Paul Connett, PhD
    Professor
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