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CHICAGO, IL, March 1, 2005, --/WORLD-WIRE/-- The Albert Schweitzer World Academy of Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and Chairman, Cancer Prevention Coalition, has been awarded the Albert Schweitzer Golden Grand Medal for Humanitarianism, the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa in Humanities, and Honorary membership of the Polish Academy of Medicine, for his longstanding and pioneering international contributions to cancer prevention.

These awards will be presented on June 10, 2005, at a formal ceremony at the Royal Castle in Warsaw during the International Symposium of the Polish Academy of Medicine. Following these awards, Dr. Epstein has been invited to make a presentation, based on his new book Cancer-Gate: How to Win the Losing Cancer War, whose major themes have been endorsed by over 100 leading experts in cancer prevention and public health, besides non-governmental organizations and citizen activist groups.

The Schweitzer Golden Grand Medal was initiated in 1998, and is awarded every other year to those few individuals who have demonstrated exemplary service to humanity. Previous recipients of the Medal include:
    1999. Prof. Siegwart-Horst Günther, Germany, Collaborator of Albert Schweitzer in his Hospital in Lambarene.
    2000. Prof. Spyros Marketos, Greece, President of the Hippocrates Kos Foundation.
    2001. Prof. Yuichiro Matsuura, Japan, Dean of Medical Faculty, Hiroshima University.
    2003. Prof. Henry Walton, UK, Former President, World Federation for Medical Education.
The Schweitzer World Academy of Medicine now consists of 260 University professors from 71 nations, namely 223 University rectors and Deans, 24 Nobel Prize Laureates, 9 Presidents of Academy of Sciences, and other outstanding authorities including Professor Luc Montagnier, President of the World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention.

ENDORSEMENTS

Dr. Epstein penetrates the facades of the huge cancer institutions and organizations, and explodes the myth that they are protecting us from cancer causing agents. In Cancer-Gate, he demonstrates that he is a fearless fighter in the battle against environmental carcinogens.
--Ruth Winter, Past President of the American Society of Journalists and Authors

Relentlessly, and with meticulous documentation, Dr. Epstein updates us on the unresponsiveness of the National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society to avoidable causes of cancer. His urgent message-stop cancer before it starts-is daily more imperative and must be heeded. A must for every public health student and professional.
--Quentin D. Young, M.D., Chairman, Health and Medicine Policy Research
Group, Chicago, and Past President, American Public Health Association


Epstein is a legend in the field of cancer prevention. From his prize-winning 1978 The Politics of Cancer through his latest brilliant work Cancer-Gate, Epstein demonstrates a clear understanding of the cancer crisis and the only real solution-cancer prevention. This year, 1,400,000 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer and 600,000 will die. If we had taken Epstein's advice on cancer prevention 30 years ago we would not be facing this tragedy today.
--Frank D. Wiewel, Founder, People Against Cancer

Cancer has surpassed heart disease as America's #1 killer, but the National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society continue to hope that "magic bullet" drugs will save us. For over three decades, Prof. Samuel Epstein has shown that many kinds of cancer can be prevented by simply phasing out or eliminating carcinogens in the air, food, water and workplace. Vested interests have blocked this strategy. Epstein is a national treasure and his "Cancer-Gate" is simply magnificent-a battle cry for activists to reclaim the failing war against cancer.
--Ralph W. Moss, PhD, Director, The Moss Reports, and author The Cancer Industry, 2000

Professor Epstein's scientifically-accurate, yet highly-readable, book is an extraordinarily important depiction of the failure of President Nixon's 1971 "War on Cancer." This has been due to concentration on highly questionable treatment, and monumental neglect of preventing environmental and other avoidable causes of cancer. Like the "War on Terrorism," which has been sidetracked into a war on Iraq and on human rights, the "War on Cancer" has enriched powerful special interests, and stifled the free flow of public information. This book provides recommendations and inspiration for at-long-last transforming the largely futile, and inflationary, cancer war into realistic strategies to prevent the nation's leading cause of suffering and premature death.
--Victor W. Sidel, M.D.
Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, and Past President, American Public Health Association


There is less and less effort to inform workers and their families, and the public about avoidable environmental and occupational causes of cancer. This book will make you pause and think-especially if you or a loved one has cancer.
--Eula Bingham, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Environmental Health,
University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, and
Former Assistant Secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration


As Cancer-Gate details, the National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society have narrowly focused their policies and resources on promoting highly profitable Big Pharma "miracle" drugs in largely unsuccessful efforts to cure cancer. What's more, in defiance of the Human Rights Covenants, they have denied the public of its right to know of available information on the causes and prevention of cancer.
--Dr. Rosalie Bertell, Former President of the International Institute of Concern for Public Health, and Member of the National Association for Public Health Policy, International Science Oversight Committee

Dr. Epstein is a scientist/scholar/activist who devotes his life 24/7 to informing the public about what really causes cancer, and how we can protect ourselves. In his brilliant and compelling book, in spite of the silence of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and attacks by industry, he has established guidelines on the public's undeniable right-to-know of avoidable causes of cancer in the environment, workplace, hormone replacement therapy and other prescription drugs, and consumer products.
--Barbara Seaman, Co-Founder, National Women's Health Network, and author The Doctor's Case Against the Pill

Dr. Epstein's factual exposé of the National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society-their conflicts of interest, co-option by the pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries, and indifference to cancer prevention-is riveting. Dr. Epstein reaches for the law to turn the issue of public health into one of human rights. This book belongs on the bookshelf of every lawyer and teacher of environmental law or public health, in every law library, and on the reading lists of all related law school classes.
--George S. Grossman, Professor of Law and Director of the Law Library
University of California, Davis


Cancer-Gate is Dr. Epstein's heroic efforts to show us how to reduce our risks of cancer. Motivated by compassion and concern, he does not fail to deeply impress. In both print and film, he is as remarkable in command of scientific data as ability to present them in a way that is both convincing to the public health community and accessible to the general public. He has shared these powerful insights in my recent documentary, The Corporation.
--Mark Achbar, Executive Producer, and Co-Director, The Corporation, recipient of 22 international awards

Dr. Epstein's new masterpiece, Cancer-Gate takes the onus from industry that tries to keep us in the dark about the war on cancer and puts the information right into our hands. This well researched book acts as a roadmap showing what is being done and what can be done regarding the war on cancer. The importance of becoming proactive becomes even more personal as Dr. Epstein reveals the role that the cosmetics industry plays in the cancer epidemic in my forthcoming documentary "America the Beautiful."
--Darryl Roberts, Producer, Sensory Overload Productions

CONTACT:
Susan Scrimshaw
Dean, School of Public Health
University of Illinois at Chicago
312-996-5939
or
Dr. Rosemary Sokas
Director, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
312-355-4497

Cancer-Gate: How to Win the Losing Cancer War is available from Baywood Publishing Company http://www.baywood.com email: baywood@baywood.com 631-691-1270 or 800-638-7819

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