American Cancer Society says Trump doesn’t get credit for drop in cancer deaths
The American Cancer Society (ACS) Thursday refuted a tweet from President Trump that insinuated his administration contributed to a record drop in the country’s cancer death rate.
“U.S. Cancer Death Rate Lowest In Recorded History!” Trump tweeted Thursday. “A lot of good news coming out of this Administration.”
U.S. Cancer Death Rate Lowest In Recorded History! A lot of good news coming out of this Administration.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2020
The president’s tweet appears to reference a report that the ACS released Wednesday that revealed the cancer death rate in the U.S. fell continuously from 1991 through 2017.
Specifically, from 2016 to 2017 the death rate dropped a record 2.2 percent, a feat the researchers say is due to advances in lung cancer treatments that include better surgical abilities, better diagnostics and improvements in radiotherapy.
In a statement Thursday, Gary Reedy, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, pushed back against Trump’s tweet, saying that the findings were not influenced by the Trump administration.
Cancer rates dropped before you took office. Hopefully they keep dropping because Congress rejected your cruel research budgets, which sought billions in CUTS to @NIH and the National Cancer Institute. This is good news despite you – not because of you https://t.co/gxPvAYSPFe
— Debbie Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) January 9, 2020