In the wake of our release of Cancer Statistics, 2020 and Cancer Facts & Figures 2020, President Donald Trump issued a tweet in which he said: "U.S. Cancer Death Rate Lowest In Recorded History! A lot of good news coming out of this Administration."
In a written statement, Gary Reedy, our CEO, said the following:
"The mortality trends reflected in our current report, including the largest drop in overall cancer mortality ever recorded from 2016 to 2017, reflect prevention, early detection, and treatment advances that occurred in prior years.
"Since taking office, the president has signed multiple spending bills that have included increases in funding for cancer research at the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute -- though the impact of those increases are not reflected in the data contained in this report.
"The administration has an opportunity to significantly impact future declines in both cancer incidence and mortality by increasing access to comprehensive health care, supporting robust and sustained increases in federal funding for cancer research, and passing and implementing evidence-based tobacco control policies."
You can read a CNN story about this. CNN was the first news organization to contact us for a response to the President's remark.