Warning: This particular subject infuriates me and could be a little opinionated.
In 2015, the estimated number of new cancer cases for the American population, excluding basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers as well as in situ carcinomas, was over 1.65 million individuals and the estimated deaths by cancer in 2015 was 589,430 individuals. In 2012, the total estimated population of patients living with cancer in all sites, whether diagnosed that year or previously, was 13.77 million [American Cancery Society].
Unfortunately, my uncle was included in that 13.77 million population of cancer patients and is still fighting against it in January of 2016. After three cancer relapses, thirteen surgeries total, over fifty chemotherapy and radiation treatments, a leg amputation, and almost four long years, why did he have to be put on hospice last week--and why does he still have cancer? Why did the doctors ask him what he thinks they should do for him? Why was his most recent relapse completely misdiagnosed for cancer (rather than a staph infection), without performing a biopsy prior to the diagnosis, and why did they still treat him with the strongest chemotherapy there is for his alleged "cancer"?
Cancer is so prevalent it has been estimated that one in three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime. That means seven of your graduating classmates in America's average 21-student secondary class; three of your teammates you grew up with on the baseball field. That's one precious jewel from every mother of triplets. That is my great grandmother, my great grandfather, two great aunts, my great uncle, my grandmother, two of my grandfathers, and now my uncle.
In the 1970s, the diagnosis was one in ten people. In the 1940s, one in 16; one in every eight married couples. At the beginning of the 1900s, one in 20 people [Thomas, John P. Health Impact News].
My question is: Why has the ratio increased 6.6x in the last century, and why is there still "not" a cure for cancer?
In the past 30 years, there have been 1.3 million women in the United States who have been wrongly treated for breast cancer. In 2008, breast cancer was over diagnosed in more than 70,000 women, which was 31% of all breast cancers diagnosed that year [Ji, Sayer. Health Impact News].
In July of 2015, Dr. Farid Fata was sentenced to 45 years in federal prison for horrible malpractice involvement. Over 550 of his patients were misdiagnosed, under-treated, or over-treated, which assisted him in receiving more than $17 million. In one scenario, he had given a patient as much as four times the amount of the recommended dosage for aggressive cancer medicine. He had given another patient chemotherapy for five years, when the standard was six months. Because he was so money-hungry, some individuals suffered with the loss of their husband or wife, their child, or their father, their co-worker or their best friend [Allen, Robert. Detroit Free Pass].
Pharmaceutical companies are amongst the top corporate industries in the world. In 2011, there was a record of 4.02 billion prescriptions written in the United States, which is around $308.6 billion total in cost [Dr. Mercola, Mercola.Com].
This answers a portion of my question. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has stated that the medical costs of cancer care is a $125 billion industry and is projected to increase to $173 billion by 2020. In 2014, the cost for newly diagnosed cancer patients was around $80 billion. In 2014, two of the newest cancer drugs cost more than $35,000 each. The drugs alone for cancer patients could add up to a total of $100,000 per year, excluding doctor's appointments, radiation or chemotherapy treatments [Thomas, John P. Health Impact News]. In the United States, cancer is said to be the most expensive "per person" illness to treat [Luther, Daisy. Activist Post].
This is why the cure for cancer is still "nonexistent."
The businessmen of America receive great pleasure in watching a deadly, widespread trend of cancer patients. If you are receiving such great profit, why in the world would you not receive genuine pleasure in the daily poisoning of American citizens? How could you not become happy from receiving money for injecting lethal toxics into a human body, intended to poison cancer cells?
A few interesting headlines (that are linked) to think about as you keep reading:
How many cancer patients have been advised by their doctor to simply just change their diet, in replacement of the chemotherapy or any other costly treatment they might have to offer? Although I'm not positive, I would claim that the larger half of doctors has more than likely not made that suggestion. It is so unfortunate that money and material items have boldly become worth as much as another human being's life. Cancer is greatly profitable, and if it continues to thrive, the cure for cancer will become less and less affordable to even research and less and less discoverable in this world.
The other portion of my question, still unanswered: how did we go from a 5% chance of receiving cancer to a 33% chance in the past 100 years?
Of course, the payroll is still involved in this. That is the foundation to it all and has influenced so many basis that occur in our every day life. However, there are other factors (also influenced by production versus profit) such as, the preservatives and our toxic intake from the food we eat; this can be a great cause to cancer. Another major thing to watch for is your sugar intake; cancer cells feed off of glucose and glutamine metabolism. For ladies in particular, birth control and artificially manipulating your hormones could be a cause of cancer and cholesterol-lowering statin drugs more than doubles the risk for breast cancer.
The foods and medicines in our society today are not actually as beneficial as we are hoping them to be. In fact, they can create an even bigger issue than what you started with.
A few simple steps to help the prevention of cancer (that your doctors might not always recommend over their expensive treatments):
- Eat organic foods often; avoid processed foods; eat vegetables.
- Consume alcohol in moderation.
- Do not smoke.
- Pay attention to your sugar intake; avoid artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame.
- Limit the use of plastic in your home.
- Avoid tap water.
- Maintain a healthy body weight; exercise often.
- Refuse vaccines.
- Use natural, biodegradable food cleaning products.
- Do not use petrochemicals. This consists of: Paraffin Wax, Mineral Oil, Toluene, Benzene, Phenoxyethanol, Polyethylene Glycol, anything ending in "-eth," any word that has "butyl" in it, any word with "ethyl" or "propyl," anything with DEA or MEA, any word with "methyl," or any parfum or fragrance.
To the oncologists and surgeons who genuinely care about your patients over your paycheck, I apologize that you have to take the blame for a percentage of other oncologists and surgeons. Thank you for your assistance in saving the lives of your past, current, and future patients. To the family members or friends who have lost a loved one due to greed, I am so sorry for your loss and truly mourn with you. To cancer patients, keep fighting the fight, even when you might not think it's worth it anymore.
In honor of my uncle who has been fighting for far too long, for mistakes two hospitals truly did make, I will RYSE up in support of every cancer patient, in hope that they receive the necessary care and treatment they deserve.