WASHINGTONThe Cancer Prevention Working Group (CPWG), a consortium of
leading oncologists, researchers, and patient advocates, has proposed the
development of a National Cancer Prevention Education Program to increase
professional and public education on the need for screening and risk assessment
and to communicate cancer prevention models that incorporate appropriate use of
Participants at the group’s 2001 meeting attributed the lack of awareness
to the prevalence of conflicting messages about cancer preventionmessages
that confuse the public and physicians alike.
"Cancer is preventable. Each of us can play a role by adopting healthy
behaviors, using effective screening procedures routinely, and knowing our risk
factors," said Bernard Levin, MD, vice president for cancer prevention, M.
D. Anderson Cancer Center. "We also need to work closely with the FDA to
continue our research into identifying new surrogate endpoints for clinical
trials and new approval standards for promising drugs to recognize the unique
balance of risk and benefit that these new agents represent."
The group also commented that while many managed health plans are ready to
adopt chemoprevention strategies, in many cases not enough evidence of the
efficacy of these agents has been presented to drive reimbursement standards.
The CPWG was established in 1999 with sponsorship from Pharmacia/Pfizer. For
more information, contact Cindy Russo at 908-901-8581.