Why childhood cancer research gets shortchanged

by Kristin Connor, Washington Examiner

The National Cancer Institute will soon announce its budget allocations for next year. Unfortunately, we expect what has been the case for many years — childhood cancers will receive only minimal funding.

Second to accidents, cancer is the leading cause of death in children. As a dependent and vulnerable segment of our society, children need our protection. We must address the dangers facing children head-on.

But the National Cancer Institute has consistently failed to do this. The NCI has engaged an aggressive war against cancer, yet 96 percent of the funds its spends on the problem are focused on specific cancers which affect adults, not children. So while the incidences of cancer in children climb, and while childhood cancer destroys families and devastates communities, the federal government’s resources are directed elsewhere.  Read the entire story.

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