'Treatment' shouldn't cause the very disease it is meant to cure, right? And if we know prevention works, (and we do) then more efforts need to be made to educate people, including lawmakers, about implementing prevention strategies that help all people reduce their risk of being one of the 4,600 people in the US who are newly diagnosed with cancer every day.
From the May 2013 issue of CancerScope:
"Margaret Cuomo, MD, a radiologist and author of the book "A World Without Cancer", agrees with Dr. Watson that progress against the disease has been slow. 2 “We are still relying on surgery, chemotherapy, and other anticancer drugs and radiation, just as we did 40 years ago,” she writes in her book. She adds that although those techniques have been perfected to better treat the disease and extend lives, the goal of actually preventing the disease in the first place has fallen short."
"Although the American Cancer Society stresses the importance of prevention, and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has a Division of Cancer Prevention, only about 2% of the NCI's total annual budget of $5 billion is dedicated to prevention, says Dr. Cuomo. This is despite the NCI stating in its 2012 budget request that much of the progress against cancer in the past decade can be attributed to prevention and control efforts.
“They acknowledge the effectiveness of prevention, but we're just not devoting enough of the financial and intellectual resources to it,” she says.
“The model of medical treatment in this country is that we are trained to fix what is broken—we're not trained as physicians in the preventive or integrative model.”
"She proposes establishing a National Cancer Prevention Institute that would gather experts from these and other fields to focus on the most effective prevention strategies for the disease. According to Dr. Cuomo, more than 50% of cancers are preventable by applying known strategies, including diet, exercise, sun protection, eliminating alcohol and tobacco use, and reducing toxins in cleaning and personal care products."
Any conversation about preventing cancer must address the toxins in our food, water & other consumer goods. The usual prevention mantra focuses on "lifestyle" changes we could make to reduce our cancer risk: diet, exercise, tobacco use, etc. I take serious issue with that 'blame-the-patient' propaganda because childhood cancer incidence rates have been rising steadily for decades, but infants & children don't make ANY risky 'lifestyle' choices to explain their cancers.
Read the full article here.