publication date: Apr. 21, 2017

Cancer groups endorse March for Science

By Matthew Bin Han Ong

Up to 480 March for Science rallies are scheduled to take place on Earth Day, April 22 in almost 500 cities in at least 37 countries, according to the movement’s organizers.

grassroots effort that rapidly expanded in recent months, March for Science is a response to anti-science rhetoric and the White House’s proposals to dramatically slash funding for biomedical research and public health programs (The Cancer Letter, March 17).

The flagship event—co-organized by the Earth Day Network—will take place in Washington, D.C., Saturday morning.

“Science and scientists, and evidence-based policies are under attack,” Caroline Weinberg, national co-chair for March for Science, said in a statement. “Policymakers threaten our present and future by ignoring scientific evidence when crafting policy, threatening scientific advancement through budget cuts, and limiting the public’s knowledge by silencing scientists.”

About 200 partner organizations, including 25 U.S. medical groups and professional organizations have expressed support for the movement—these include the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society for Clinical Oncology, and the Association of American Cancer Institutes.

“We support the March for Science and its nonpartisan call for the appreciation of scientific evidence, education, and investment,” the groups said in a joint statement. “It is critical that we protect federal investment in our health. Over the past several decades, research supported by the NIH has yielded significant advances across all fields of medicine.

“We rely on evidence from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to address patient safety, quality of care, efficiency, and access in our health care system.”

The text of the joint statement  follows:

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