Remember that night back in 1971 when President Richard Nixon addressed the nation on the United States rise in cancer problems? That night on TV is when he coined the phrase, “The War On Cancer”. Well, I haven’t heard President Clinton, President Bush nor President Obama announce that we have won the war. I haven’t seen any celebrations or parties indicating there have been any great decrease in the numbers of cancer patients. Instead, I have seen the opposite. Every day the numbers of people who are being newly diagnosed are growing. We have been busier at New Hope Unlimited than ever before.
It was announced by the CDC recently that by the year 2030, 75% of our population will have cancer related problems. Here is something for you to think about; this is 2015 which means there is only 15 more years till 2030. No one gets cancer overnight. It takes time for the normal cells to become abnormal and be enough in number to cause a problem that can be caught by your doctor or healthcare provider. Thus, nothing happens overnight. Therefore, we are well on our way already to progress closer to the 75%. I hope you understand what I am trying to say.
“The War On Cancer” is a phrase that refers to scientist putting the effort to find a cure for cancer by increased research to improve the understanding of cancer biology. It also includes the development of more effective chemotherapy drugs.
There is an abundance of monies donated to cancer research daily. In fact, billions of dollars is donated yearly. Instead of so much money being spent on cancer research in one area that is obviously not working, why can’t a portion of the money be allocated to an area of finding out why there is the increased rise of cancer and how we can stop it?
According to these new released statements, it appears that all the money in the world is unable to stop the rampage of cancer from happening. Why? I feel it is because they are not working in the areas they should for preventing it. We as “The People of the United States” need to sit back and ponder on what we can do to help ourselves, our loved ones, and neighbors from getting this uncalled-for condition.
The Lancet Oncology published a report May 31,2012, stating that “Rates of certain types of cancer appear to be declining in some developing countries, but these reductions are likely to be offset by substantial increases in the types of cancer associated with a “westernized” lifestyle, including breast, prostate and colorectal cancer.”
The American Cancer Society reported in the Cancer Facts and Figures 2010, “All cancers involve the malfunction of genes that control cell growth and division. About 5% of all cancers are strongly hereditary, in that an inherited genetic alteration confers a very high risk of developing one or more specific types of cancer.”
I have always felt that if only 5% of all cancer is hereditary, where is the other 95% coming from. There is a lot of left over, unexplained gray area. Perhaps our environment, the modified foods we eat, the chemicals that are all around us, and more play an important and great part. Please believe me, I am not trying to be a “conspiracy” person. These numbers are alarming. We daily see our patients and their families going through turmoil of the diagnosis, the fear, the struggles, the unknown, and pain. This disease should not be growing in numbers as it is, but decreasing.
We need to start a Campaign To Stop Cancer Before It Starts.
-Dr Fredda Branyon