"CURE FOR CANCER"-MISGUIDED IRRESPONSIBLE PHRASE
Since I heard you make a similar comment I want to express my objection to your and President Obama’s use of the phrase “we need to cure cancer in our lifetime”
This phrase is not consistent with what experts know about the biology of cancer- over 200 different types I might add.
Senator -There is no “cure for cancer”. Just like there is no “cure” for aging. We can cure individual patients with certain types of cancer, thank goodness, but indisputably, the greatest risk factor for most cancers is cellular and bodily aging.
Declaring we “need to cure cancer” is well intentioned but naïve – harkening back to President Richard Nixon’s failed war on cancer from the 1970’s.
We must continue to chip away at the many factors that contribute to cancers but to suggest we will “cure” all is completely unrealistic and is actually irresponsible.
I share your interest in these diseases and applaud your own personal triumphs and political leadership.
Richard A. Lippin MD
February 25, 2009