'Few of us have not experienced a family member or friend dying from cancer. Politicians love to make promises they can’t keep, so why not promise a cure for cancer? In early campaigning, Trump and Biden are trying to outdo each other in promising a cure. Even a libertarian might be forgiven for thinking, If the government is going to spend my money, at least cancer research is a good use.
Biden went first:
I promise you if I’m elected president, you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America. We’re gonna cure cancer.
Not to be outdone, Trump promised to cure cancer and “many problems.”
We will come up with the cures to many, many problems, to many, many diseases—including cancer… We will eradicate AIDS in America once and for all.
Cancer doesn’t have one cause. Deanna Attai, an assistant clinical professor of surgery at UCLA, said cancer is characterized by cells that “take on a life of their own.” Cancer cells “can mutate, change and evade the drugs scientists develop.”
Reduction of cancer death rates depends upon factors in and not in an individual’s control. Some face environmental hazards; others smoke and lead sedentary lives.
Suppose scientists are wrong in their consensus that cancer has many causes. Suppose there is one single cure. Could government funding help discover it? The answer is still no.'
Read more: Politicians Promise To Cure Cancer, But They Can Only Prevent A Cure