Rhett P. North Dakota

Increase the Research on Cancer

The President should increase the research on Cancer, to save lives and help the economy

Dear Future President,

There is a major problem that is affecting almost every single family in America. What is this problem? It is cancer, and we aren’t doing enough to stop it. Everyday, people throughout the world have to fight this horrible disease, which claims 7.6 million lives annually. We have treatments for different forms of this disease, but it is not enough. Many of the treatments that we have now are not nearly effective enough, and some like chemotherapy make people sick. People need to have a fast, effective, and cheap method of treatment which will leave a very low amount of side effects. This would created a major impact on the modern medical world in a good way. I tell you this because I think that you should increase the funding and resources for cancer treatment. Doing this will increase the chance of finally curing this horrible disease. It will also benefit millions if not billions of people in a positive way.

The government should increase funding and research for finding a cure or better treatment for cancer, a disease that millions of Americans have to fight. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death of all diseases in the United States. That is unacceptable, even though we have methods to treat this disease, they need to improve in order to be sufficient and safe. Treatments that are out now are not effective enough or cause negative side effects. What can we do to improve these treatment? We could use research to improve upon the treatments that we already have, along with working on the many new ideas that people have for treating the disease. With some funding and hard work, scientists could potentially find a cure with these methods. Some examples of treatments that are used for treating this disease are, surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, etc. These methods are either not effective enough, like immunotherapy, or cause negative side effects, like chemotherapy. Scientists have many differents forms of testing in order to increase effectivity of these treatments, but they need to have funding. If they had increased funding, they would be able to increase the speed at which they learn about the disease and lower the time it takes for a cure. These methods of treatment could be very beneficial to the wellness of mankind, and they could be released faster if there was increased government funding.

The pros of increasing cancer research highly outweigh the cons. This research saves lives and gives people a greater understanding of diseases and medicine. Other people and organizations agree with this statement of wanting to increase research. For example, the American Cancer Society wants to have a 1 billion dollar increase in research efforts in order to be able to fund all research methods. Some people say that increasing research by an amount like 1 billion dollars would cost too much time and resources. They may also say that tax dollars should be used on something else rather than spending it on something that may not produce positive results. It may be true that increasing research might not produce a cure, but it is worth the risk. If we increased research efforts it would create a better chance for finding a cure, which would save lives, add to the American workforce, lower healthcare costs, and be used to have a better understanding of other diseases. If the workforce increased it would lead to a better economy for America, which would help America financially. These are all reasons why the government should increase the research, and why the pros outweigh the cons.

I hope that you will take my proposal into account Mr./Mrs. President. It would benefit millions of lives, including my own, and change America for the better. You are very intelligent, and I know that you value the lives of Americans. Millions of people die from this disease every year, and it is up to us to stop it. This could be the presidency that helped find the cure for one of the most deadly diseases known to mankind. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter, and hope that you have a good day.


Rhett Pederson

Magic City Campus

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