"Cancer deaths in the United States have dropped for a second straight year, confirming that a corner has been turned in the war on cancer.
After a decline of 369 deaths from 2002 to 2003, the decrease from 2003 to 2004 was 3,014 â€” or more than eight times greater, according to a review of U.S. death certificates by the American Cancer Society.
The drop from 2002 to 2003 was the first annual decrease in total cancer deaths since 1930. But the decline was slight, and experts were hesitant to say whether it was a cause for celebration or just a statistical fluke.
The trend seems to be real, Cancer Society officials said.
"It's not only continuing. The decrease in the second year is much larger," said Ahmedin Jemal, a researcher at the organization.
Cancer deaths dropped to 553,888 in 2004, down from 556,902 in 2003 and 557,271 in 2002, the Cancer Society found.
Experts are attributing the success to declines in smoking and to earlier detection and more effective treatment of tumors. Those have caused a fall in the death rates for breast, prostate and colorectal cancer â€” three of the most common cancers."
In the wake of this good news, the Dems are seeking to price control unique drugs -- breakthrough medicines in otherwords.
Which means medicines like those that helped reduce dying due to cancer.
Which means medicines from biotech firms that create these miracles.
The Clintons tried proposing a breakthrough drug pricing trigger in 1994 that would hammer and yammer about the price of first in class meds and whether they were all so cost effective or not. It caused biotech stocks to tank and venture capital to vanish.
I hope the D's listen to the Ron Pollacks of the world again and go ahead and do just that. As the Penn and Schoen poll shows, when people find out that price controls also mean an end to miracle cures, they hate price controls. But the D's are driven by their Beltway advisers and power brokers more than they are what people and patients truly want.