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A memo to the board of directors of the American Cancer Society

Posted Mar 17 2011 12:00am


The American Cancer Society is not going to be very happy about a report issued today by the Cancer Prevention Coalition .

According to the report , and also a media release from the Cancer Prevention Coalition , the American Cancer Society is pretty much an “old boys’ network” that is primarily interested in the “accumulation of wealth” for a variety of interested parties.

The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink has had its own concerns with the American Cancer Society over the years, but this report from the Cancer Prevention Coalition appears to be a full frontal assault on the ACS. Among the specifics are the salary levels of of some of its senior executives and the amounts of money that the ACS spends on smoking prevention and salaries out of its annual $1 billion budget.

It is certainly the case the the ACS appears to think less about true cancer prevention and a great deal more about the diagnosis and treatment of selected cancers as a mechanism to raise money. The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink will leave others to make their own decisions.

Late last year, the Cancer Prevention Coalition issued a similar broadside against the appointment of Dr. Harold Varmus as the Director of the National Cancer Institute, stating that his points of view “should disqualify him from the NCI directorship.”

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