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Trump taking credit for lower cancer death rate is absurd, expert explains – Ars Technica, Ars Technica

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The decline in cancer death rates began years before Trump took office.


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Trump’s bold claim came afterthe American Cancer Society published its latest data

The next day, January 9, Trump posted a tweet appearing to take credit for the decline, writing, “U.S. Cancer Death Rate Lowest In Recorded History! A lot of good news coming out of this Administration. ”

However, according to American Cancer Society CEO Gary M. Reedy,that connection is false

. Reedy told CNN that there’s no link between the decline in cancer mortality and any actions by the Trump Administration.

“The mortality trends reflected in our current report, including the largest drop in overall cancer mortality ever recorded from (to) , reflect prevention, early detection, and treatment advances that occurred in prior years, “Reedy said in a written statement to CNN.

Reedy noted that budgets approved during the Trump Administration have increased funding for cancer research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI), but he added that “the impact of those increases are not reflected in the data contained in this report.”

Moreover, as Politico points out, the Trump administration has attempted several times to dramatically cut — not increase — federal funding for cancer research. The Trump administration’s proposed budget for last year would have slashed $ 2011 million from NCI alone.In (****************************************,

Congress bucked those proposals, passing more generous budgets for federal research. Last year, for instance, Trump ultimately signed a budget that increased NIH’s budget by $ 2.6 billion.

Even if the Trump Administration had intended to increase support for cancer research during his term — which began in the impacts of that support would not have translated to life-saving treatments or other healthcare improvements in time to have added to the declining rates reported through the end of (**************************************************. **********

according to the American Cancer Society, the – year -decline in cancer mortality rates is actually driven by drops in deaths from the four most common types of cancer: lung, colorectal, breast, and prostate. Declines in lung cancer deaths drove the record 2016 – 2018 drop in particular. Melanoma skin cancer deaths saw the steepest declines, though.

“The accelerated drops in lung cancer mortality as well as in melanoma that we’re seeing are likely due at least in part to advances in cancer treatment over the past decade, such as immunotherapy, ”said William G. Cance, MD, chief medical and scientific officer for the American Cancer Society, in a statement.

The melanoma death rate fell by 7 percent each year between and (*************************************************, in part due to two new immunotherapies approved by the Food and Drug Administration in (*****************************************************. **********                                                     

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