When we consider the “cancer economy,” we must understand where the money comes from and where it goes. The biggest provider of funds for cancer research is the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a government funded agency. Its budget proposal for 2010 was $5.1 billion. This budget has increased more than 50% in the last decade. The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a non-government fund raising institution that receives most of its money through donations from major fund raising projects. The ACS took in $1.8 billion in public support, grants, gains, and investments in 2008. These two flagship institutions manage most of the billions of dollars that are collected and funneled into the hundreds of research programs and medical institutions each year. Whether from taxes paid or donations volunteered, each and every one of us shares in providing both institutions well over $6 billion annually year after year. Of course, there are many other national and local charities, such as the Komen Foundation, that raise the total price of the war on cancer far above that amount.