INTRODUCTION: An American journalist and industrialist, H.Armand Hammer, has made a two-million dollar offer to increase the fight against cancer.The money is planned as a prize for the scientist who discovers a cure for the disease.His offer came amid new theories that cancer might be prevented by Vitamin A.Mr.Hammer's offer was directed however at scientists who achieved what he called a major breakthrough.
SV INTERIOR Armand Hammer, journalist, at press conference. (2 SHOTS) (MUTE)
CU Hammer speaking.
LV & CU INTERIOR Factory workers in Cicero, Illinois. (4 SHOTS) (MUTE)
SV & CU People selecting food in canteen. (3 SHOTS)(MUTE)
CU Man eating carrot. (MUTE)
CU Dr. Richard Sekelle of Rush-Presbyterian- St. Luke's Hospital speaking.
SV & CU People buying fruit and vegetables in market. (5 SHOTS) (MUTE)
HAMMER: (SEQ. 2): "I believe that a breakthrough in the cure of some cancers is closer than we know. Now, I wish to use my foundation to spur this on, and particularly, wish to dedicate these prizes in two fashions. The first prize, of one million dollars to the scientist who achieve a cure similar to that discovered by Doctor Jonas Salk with the polio vaccine. The second are rewards of one-hundred-thousand dollars each, for the next ten years, to the scientists that in that year, seemed to have done the most advanced medicine towards that cancer cure, as determined by a committee of noted scientists."
SEKELLE: (SEQ. 6): "Those who ate relatively small amounts of beta-carotene in their own diets have seven to eight times the risk or incidence of cancer over the next 19 years than comparison to the man who ate larger amounts, in this case o average about a quarter or rather a half a cup of carrots a day."
The researchers found even heavy smokers were less likely to suffer lung cancer if they cnsumed bete-carotene. But they emphasise that heavy smoking causes other serious diseases besides lung cancer, and these were not affected by beta-carotene.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: An American journalist and industrialist, H.Armand Hammer, has made a two-million dollar offer to increase the fight against cancer.The money is planned as a prize for the scientist who discovers a cure for the disease.His offer came amid new theories that cancer might be prevented by Vitamin A.Mr.Hammer's offer was directed however at scientists who achieved what he called a major breakthrough.
SYNOPSIS: The American industrialist made his offer to a crowded news conference in Washington on Thursday (3 December).
Meanwhile, research was going on into causes of cancer.In one study the eating habits of 2,000 middle aged men were studied for 20 years.All the men worked at an electrical plant in Chicago.Researchers found men who ate more green, red or yellow fruit or vegetables were less likely to get lung cancer.Dr.Richard Shekelle said a substance known as beta carotene was responsible.
Beta-carotene is transformed into Vitamin A by the body.It is found in lettuce, brocolli, grapes and apples.