I refuse to run, walk, donate or in any way support the cancer industry because it is a money-grabbing scam run by shysters who pretend they’re searching for a cure. We’ve been searching for a so-called cure for almost a century. If there were a cure, we’d have found it by now. We waste billions of dollars every year supposedly searching for a non-existent cure. There is no cure for cancer. If there was, we’d have found it by now. Cancer is so old and has been with us so long it is found in Egyptian mummies and dinosaur bones. There is no cure. There never will be.
In his farewell address to Northwestern Ontario several years ago,
Dr. Dhali Dhaliwal called on all levels of governments to rationalize and improve the focus of cancer research. One in four people will die of cancer. Because of longer lifespans, that cancer death rate is increasing. He berates the cancer industry for focusing on a cure instead of better prevention and treatment. We’re still using what he calls “slash, burn and poison” treatment that hasn’t changed much for almost a century – that is surgery (slash), radiation (burn) and chemotherapy (poison). We must research potentially better treatments such as viruses, anti-bodies and growth inhibitors.
Dr. Dhaliwal says 40% of breast cancers can be prevented with exercise. How many people know that? He recommends Vitamin D and Folate (folic acid) supplements as preventatives (do NOT take more than the recommended amount of Folate). Yet, we hear very little about these. We need low tech preventative measures such as behavioral change, better diets, exercise, stop-smoking campaigns, etc. We need to understand the attributable risks for the cause of cancers: tobacco 29%, diet 25%, reproductive hormones 15%, alcohol 6%, occupational 2%, environmental 2%. We need better understanding of the effects of meat consumption especially as it affects bowel cancer.
Cancer industry spokespeople point out that cancer patients are surviving longer now than in the past. However, this is deceptive and self-serving. Cancer patients survive longer, not because they’ve found a cure but because of better education about the cause of cancer (cigarette smoking is a major killer) plus prevention, earlier detection, diagnosis and treatment. THAT’S where we should focus cancer research instead of looking for “The Cure”. Forget “The Cure”. There is none. We need to discover the root cause of cancers (there’s over 200 different types) – whether it’s viral, bacterial, radiation, chemical, poor diet, environmental, hereditary or a combination of these.
Yes, we’ve made some slow advancements in treatment but we need to focus on prevention. The best way to deal with cancer is not to get it in the first place. Do you think we can rely on the cancer industry to focus on prevention? Of course not! They’d be putting themselves out of work.
And, yes, it IS an industry. It employs millions of people in research and in cancer charities. According to the August 8, 2011 Macleans magazine article “Buy, Sell, Donate” this past July it was revealed that the “Canadian Cancer Society spends more money on fundraising than it does on cancer research.” Now THAT’S an industry! Cancer charity lotteries have become big business. The article reports, “Last year $3.69 of every $100 the Cancer Society raised through its lottery trickled through to the charity – the rest went to pay for prizes and marketing.” That’s less than 4%. Now THAT’S an industry!
According to a June, 2011 Time magazine article, there are over 7,000 cancer charities in the United States and Canada. Now THAT’S an industry! The percentage spent on cancer research varies between 54% and zero %. Yes, that’s ZERO. Some of them spend all their proceeds on fundraising, administration and six figure salaries and NOTHING whatsoever on cancer research. Now THAT’S an industry!
My mother has leukemia (blood cancer). Her leukemia pills cost $120 each. Yes, each pill costs $120! At one pill a day that’s $3,600 a month. Now THAT’S an industry! Both the cancer industry and the pharmaceutical industry have a vested interest in NOT finding a cure or developing better methods of prevention and treatment. Chemotherapy generates billions of dollars in revenue every year for the pharmaceutical industry. Try to tell me that’s NOT an industry.
You might think I’ll change my tune if I get cancer. You’d be wrong because it’s not a matter of IF I get cancer. It’s a matter of WHEN. My mother had bowel cancer and now has leukemia. My father died of lung cancer. Three of my four grandparents died of cancer (the cause of death of the 4th is unknown). In other words, I am genetically predisposed to cancer. It’s been said that if you live long enough everyone will eventually die of cancer. And, it’s for that reason I refuse to waste my money supporting the cancer shysters who are supposedly looking for a non-existent cure while ignoring better avenues of research. We need better ways to prevent it. We need earlier detection. We need better diagnosis and treatment. We need to improve our health-care delivery systems, reduce errors, develop evidence-based care, better information management and reduce “wait and waste”.
Last year, the local newspaper published a letter I sent them explaining why I refuse to support the cancer industry. It provoked an angry response from a reader. She said her brother would not have lived five years longer had it not been for his cancer cure. Left unsaid, it’s apparent he eventually died of cancer. That’s NOT a cure, sister although it makes a case for better education. He lived an extra five years because of treatment. And with even better treatment, he might have lived an extra twenty years rather than just five. That’s why we need to focus on prevention, education, earlier detection, better diagnosis and improved treatment rather than wasting scarce research funds looking for “The Cure”.
If there was a cure, we’d have found it long ago. Dr. Dhaliwal said, “We cannot eradicate cancer but it can be reduced.” So, that’s why I refuse to contribute to the cancer industry shysters.
Sept. 15, 2011
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