Donald Trump Is Awarded The Credit For a Reduction In Cancer Mortality And Generates Controversy

A group of researchers from the United States announced last week that during 2017 the largest decrease in a year in the cancer mortality rate in the country was recorded. A fact that only now could be verified.

President Donald Trump, immersed in the political campaign with a view to the end of the year elections, did not want to miss the opportunity to take the credit. “Cancer Mortality Rate in the United States Lowest in History! A lot of good news comes out of this Administration, ”he tweeted.

In the medical sectors this maneuver of the president had very bad repercussion. While many presidents have appropriated outside events to make them look like a result of their management, the cancer tweet shows how Trump has taken the art of self-promotion to another level.

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From foreign policy initiatives, to the option of music in White House events, from the prevalence of good wishes of “Merry Christmas, to the name of the new trade agreement between Mexico, the United States and Canada (USMCA, or T-MEC ), Trump is not deprived of constant self-praise for his great ideas.

But on the issue of cancer it was striking, since the historic fall happened during Trump's first year in office, and according to specialists it was part of a decline that began almost three decades ago by decreasing the smoking rate and advances in treatments that have resulted in a reduction of diseases and deaths from lung cancer.

“The cancer rate decreased before you took the job. Hopefully it will continue to fall because Congress rejected its cruel research budgets, which wanted billions in reductions for the NIH (National Institutes of Health) and the National Cancer Institute. This is good news despite his “ no thanks to you, '' 'said Democratic legislator Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a breast cancer survivor.

Trump pushed a budget cut for the agency that oversees health research, although Congress rejected his recommendations. In the current fiscal year, Trump recommended reducing more than $ 4.5 billion in funding for NIH. In the end he had to end up approving an increase of 2.6 billion dollars.

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