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Petition to Congress:
Spend a lot of the 2016 Cancer Moonshot Initiative to
Reverse The Incidence Rate Epidemic.
Don’t just treat people after they are already sick.



Dear Congressmen and Senators,

The below NCI data plots show about a 30% increase in cancer from 1975 to 2000, but you so far have not channeled research funding to figure out why.  Please do.

Currently in debate is the Presidential request for $1B of new funding in addition the $5.4B/yr for cancer research already budgeted to NIH. The purpose of this Moonshot Cancer Initiative is to speed development of immunotherapy.  Note that in spite of the misleading words being used to describe it, this is a treatment program, not a program to develop a vaccine to end cancer. The objective is still to wait until people are sick at rates we do not understand, and then nurse them through their illness.

You should allocate at least 30% of the $1B to learn how to reverse the 30% rise in cancer incident rates that started around 1975.

Don't spend money only on what researchers and drug companies like. Spend on what your voters are afraid of, rising incidence.   Why didn't preventives work?

Examples of programs not to imitate are:

1) The 2014 AMP program sought to find treatments for four of the worst auto-immune diseases. It did not address or even acknowledge that incident rates for all four have been growing epidemically.refa,refb

2) 30 years growth in cardiovascular disease has finally leveled off, in part due to highly effective modern interventions. But heart disease still causes ¼ of deaths in the US and is spreading worldwide.ref High tech is great for treating sick people, but it has not solved the epidemic problem.

Similarly, immunotherapy will be wonderful high tech for treating cancer. But it won’t solve the incidence rate problem.



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Petition to Congress:
Spend at least 30% of the $1B Cancer Moonshot Initiative to
Reverse The Incidence Rate Epidemic.
Don’t just treat people after they are already sick


    The Senate Newsroom bills the moonshot initiative as “..the fight to end cancer.” In his 2016 State Of The Union Address President Obama summarized this initiative with, “let's make America the country that cures cancer once and for all.” And the American Cancer Society touts, "I'm committed to ending cancer in my lifetime."

    But immunotherapy is not and does not promise to be immunization, and the stretch to say so would normally be considered a lie if it weren't politics for a worthy cause. Yes, immunotherapy is much needed high tech, but don't sell it using misleading words like “cure,” “end" and "vaccine."

    The plan so far has been to spend the new $1B of money to develop treatments for people already sick, not to eradicate cancer, and not even to ask why the epidemic has occurred.

    What we don't want from the new expenditure is a repeat of the current status quo for cardiovascular disease. The 30 years growth in heart problems did finally leveled off, and in part due to highly effective modern interventions. But heart disease still causes ¼ of deaths in the US and is spreading worldwide.ref,ref High tech is great for treating sick people, but it has not solved this 30 year growth epidemic.

    And we don't want the $1B of moonshot money to be spent in the same manner of the $320M AMP program a couple years ago. That was a good initiative seeking to find new remedies for four of today's worst auto-immune diseases—Alzheimer's, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and type 2 diabetes. Yes, something better than the current mix of essentially just palliative pain killers, anti-inflammatories or insulin is badly needed.
    But these diseases have all undergone significant, essentially epidemic growth rates for no known reason.* And even the basic terminology "auto-immune" hints mystery. Why would the immune system do something so strange as not take out all of what it has identified as foreign? The AMP program did not address or even acknowledge these unknowns. It was totally treatment oriented with no attempt for true cure by figuring out how to end and reverse the epidemics.
    *It is fare to use the word “epidemic” for type 2 diabetes even though its incident rate has dropped 18% since 2009. The drop has no known reason and followed a 3.4 times (340%) growth during the previous 30 years. And there is a new form of diabetes now occurring for which there is some debate about naming convention. Type 2 diabetes now refers to both low insulin utilization and the new late-onset, partial type 1.

    This Petition asks for the Moonshot Initiative to address what here is called the cancer epidemic shown in the below plots from the National Cancer Institute. You might say the rise is “just” 20-25%. But there is more not shown prior to the reporting period, so the rise might have been 30-40%. And the rise wasn't caused by smoking, so why did it happen? And most of all, can it be turned around?

    Those questions are very different from the so far announced moonshot objective of developing "Lazarus" treatments using high tech immunotherapy. Yes, more Jimmy Carter type treatment successes are greatly needed. But better treatment outcomes following the ≈30% rise in incidence rate will lead to a society getting along better on an elevated plateau of disease—the same as has happened with cardiovascular.

Cancer Rates,1975-2006   Cancer Rates,1975-2006


    About Claimed Preventives:   Earlier detection is not a preventive and can not solve the epidemic plateau problem. And there aren't many cancers related to viruses like HPV and HBV, so only a little more prevention can come from there. Another preventive that gets mentioned is keeping kids away from too much sun, though today's kids using electronics and air conditioning are inside more than in the past. &nbnsp; Is something else going on?

SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2006, National Cancer Institute
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