Last week, Donald Trump appeared to take credit for reducing cancer deaths: “U.S. Cancer Death Rate Lowest In Recorded History! A lot of good news coming out of this Administration.” (January 9, 2020)
The claim was quickly challenged. Media outlets pointed out that Trump was misrepresenting the American Cancer Society’s report of a 2.2% drop in the cancer morality rate. The timeframe cited by the ACS was January 2016 to January 2017—before Trump took office.
That didn’t stop Trump supporters from heaping on praise at Twitter: “Best President ever.” “Thank you for curing cancer!” “God truly Blessed us with President Trump.” “America is moving forward in so many ways with President Trump at the helm!” “God bless you, President Trump!” “Thank you Mr. President for forcing them to start releasing the cures that only ELITES get.”
Others expressed skepticism: “Please explain how you personally have lowered the cancer death rate.” “Meanwhile, all over America, families of #KidsWithCancer — like Brenna who is battling #leukemia — are going bankrupt.” “But rates of obesity-related cancers are increasing.” “This is worse than you taking credit for low aviation deaths.” “Did you really just take credit for the cancer death rate?” “The rates have steadily been declining since 2005.”
But almost everyone lost sight of the big picture: no matter the rate among the population, American cancer deaths are at an all-time high.
Here are the numbers from the World Health Organization:
U.S. cancer deaths (all cancers)
The U.S. ranks first in the world in cancer deaths (598,609 for males and females combined in 2016). The rate is a different story: this is affected by population growth—including through births or immigration—or even population decline. The World Cancer Research Fund International ranks the U.S. fifth in the world in cancer deaths per 100,000 persons, yet we maintain the top spot in the most cancer deaths of any country.
The country with the lowest cancer death rate is Israel.
Families desperate to save their suffering loved ones know the United States has a problem. Some replied on Twitter to urge Trump to investigate a possible connection between the cancer epidemic and vaccines. An Italian study last year found a cancer link in MRC-5, the fetal line from which the MMR vaccine is derived. That abnormal (and immoral) material has been injected into most of the U.S. population.
Notably, the low cancer rate in Israel coincides with a lower use of the MMR vaccine.
Whatever the cause of the American cancer crisis, it deserves to be treated seriously. If the president can do anything about the problem—and he seems to believe he can—he should show genuine concern and investigate any harmful thing federal agencies may have wrongfully approved as safe.
But more importantly, no matter the effects of vaccines, the use of cells from aborted babies is grossly immoral. The president, and the FDA, with the full support of Congress and the American people, should bring this use to a full and immediate halt.