I have assessed the U.S. Natioal Cancer Program for prevention and treatment of various cancers using surgery, radiation and chemotherapy by analyzing the overall incidence and mortality rates of all cancers combined. The statistics used for the analysis are from the period 1975 to 2007 which include 1) the incidence rates of males and females, 2) the number of Americans afficted with a cancer, 3) the mortality rates of males and females and 4) the number of Americans who died from a cancer.
Two criteria were used to assess the progam of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in preventing cancer: thie incidence rate and the number of Americans afflicted by a cancer. A constant or increasing incidence rate over time, along with increasednumbers of those afflited indicates a dismal failure of the NCI program in the prevention of cancer. Also, if the incidence rate declines but the number of people afflicted increases, the NCI prevention program is deemed a dismal failure. A declining incidence rate, along with a declining number of those diagnosed with any specific cancer, however, indicates succes in the prevention of cancer.
The criteria used to assess the treatment side of the NCI program were the mortality rate and the numbers of Americans died from a specific cancer. A constant or increasing mortality rate of a cancer over time, along with increased numbers of deaths, indicates a failure of the NCI program in the treatment of cancer.