Twenty years on the staff of the National Cancer Institute and editor of its journal.  Recipient in July 1990 of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, one of the few scientists so chosen says:

"My overall assessment is that the national cancer programme must be judged a qualified failure."
(Speaking at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in May 1985.)

These were Dr Bailer's answers to questions put by Neal D. Barnard, M.D. of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, U.S.A. and published in PCRM Update, September/October 1990.  (Kindly supplied to the Author by K. and M. Ungar, U.S.A.)

"The five year cancer survival statistics of the American Cancer Society are very misleading.  They now count things that are not cancer, and, because we are able to diagnose at an earlier stage of the disease, patients falsely appear to live longer.  Our whole cancer research in the past 20 years has been a failure.  More people over 30 are dying from cancer than ever before... More women with mild or benign diseases are being included in statistics and reported as being 'cured'.  When government officials point to survival figures and say they are winning the war against cancer they are using those survival rates improperly."
(Dr J. Bailer, New England Journal of Medicine.)