Divisions emerged in the cancer charity arena last week with
research organisations at odds with the leading cancer care charity
Macmillan Cancer Relief after its commissioned study to plan care
services predicted that one Briton in two would suffer the disease by
Report author Dr Tom Davies was taken to task on Radio 4’s Today by
Cancer Research Campaign’s Professor Gordon McVie over a failure to take
into account the achievements of other cancer charities in terms of
raising public awareness of the benefits of improved diet and
The Independent’s health editor Jeremy Laurance gave the most balanced
press coverage, featuring Macmillan prominently on the paper’s front
page (26 June). He also gave the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and
Cancer Research Campaign the opportunity to query the findings.
Macmillan claimed the dispute over the report’s ’shock’ findings as a
benefit rather than a setback in terms of publicity.
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