NEW ORLEANS – The National Cancer Institute is woefully underfunding gynecologic cancer research, compared with several other cancer types, when the money the institute is spending annually is factored by the incidence and lethal impact of each cancer using U.S. data from 2007 to 2014.
That period featured “systematic and pervasive underfunding of gynecologic cancers in relation to other cancer sites,”, said at the annual meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology. The trends over the period he studied worsened with time and pose the risk that progress in gynecologic cancers – uterine, cervical, and ovarian – will “lag behind” other cancers’ progress in prevention, treatment, and improved survival, said Dr. Spencer, a gynecologic oncologist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Additional time trend analyses showed that the annual funding-to-lethality score for each of the three gynecologic cancers declined during the period studied.
“We must do everything we can to reverse these trends,” Dr. Spencer concluded.
SOURCE: Spencer R et al. , Abstract 3.