Abstracted from an original report by The Associated Press
Clinton Releases Cancer Grants
WASHINGTON (AP) --- In a Father's Day announcement he said was aimed at keeping dads and granddads alive, President Clinton released the first wave of almost $60 million in prostate cancer research grants.
Nearly 200,000 men will be diagnosed this year with prostate cancer, and as many as 40,000 will die of it -- the same number of women who die of breast cancer, Clinton said.
"For far too long, too little was known about prostate cancer, too little was said about it out of embarrassment and fear. And because of this, too little was done about it," he added.
The White House touted the close to $60 million in grants from the Defense Department as the largest-ever research awards for prostate cancer. To scientists selected from over 600 applicants, about $25 million was released Saturday. Another $34 million goes out next month.
The research program is modeled after the widely acclaimed peer-review breast cancer program administered by the Pentagon.
In addition to the Defense funds, the National Institutes of Health was given $122 million this fiscal year for prostate cancer research. Clinton has asked Congress to increase that amount by 65 percent over the next five years.
Specifically, Clinton said scientists need to know more about environmental and dietary factors that contribute to the cancer's development. They also don't know why the disease progresses at such varying rates in different men, why black men are disproportionately affected, or how to eliminate the risks of treatment, Clinton said.
"The only way we will ever answer these questions, and the only way we will ever beat prostate cancer, is by continuing to invest in research," the president said.