The War Against Cancer Has Been Lost The Independent 18th September 2003
Cancer research charities are the most popular charitable cause in the UK, but the millions of pounds spent on research has produced very little in the way of results. Jeremy Laurance argues that as deaths from cancer continue to rise independently of the ageing population, it is time that more effort and money was spend on prevention rather than cure. Research over the last three decades has contributed almost nothing to defeating the major cancers - lung, bowel, breast and prostate - which together account for almost half of cancer deaths. Any progress that has been made came about because of lifestyle changes or because of discoveries, such as tamoxifen, made over three decades ago.