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  1. #1 Another big C question. 
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    Hi all, sorry if this question has been covered before.

    I have just been watching TV when an advertisment claimed that 1 in 3 of us will get cancer.

    Firstly, is this claim correct ?

    Secondly, has this always been the case or has there been an increase in cancer in recent years ?

    BARCUD


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    Yes it's true,

    No this hasn't always been the case, years ago our life expectancy was much lower, people died mostly from infectious diseases than anything else. Now with modern medicine we're living long enough to die of diseases of old age such as heart disease and cancer.

    In a way, this is actually good news, it corresponds to an ageing population, it isnt really something which you should worry about for the most part. At the same time, it does mean that cancer is one of the big challenges of modern medicine to try and overcome.


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    Hi Robbie, an interesting reply that makes sense to someone like myself with absolutely no medical knowledge. It's interesting in that you say cancer is something we are more prone to these days as we are living longer. Hence it appears to be more common these days.

    I'm not sure about your medical background, if any, but can you really see the day when cancer is eradicated from the planet ?

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    ok I am a medical student and have actually first hand experience in cancer research.

    So a few things;
    cancer is not one disease, its a group of diseases with different underlying mechanisms which have only being discovered and exploited in the past few years.

    the trend of most newer cancer drugs is that they tend (from reading studies, anyone can contend this if they want) to slow progression of the illness as opposed to curing it. This means that cancer is also becoming a disease people live with for many years as opposed to 50 years ago when it was a death sentence.

    Cancer will never be eradicated completely I dont believe. A phenomenal amount of money is being pumped into cancer research with fascinating results, but less promising implications for the amount of money being spent. Pharmaceutical companies, i feel are slowly realising that it may not be profitable to continue developing new cancer drugs which would be rarely used for subtypes of cancers. The same is true of healthcare systems which cannot afford to continue buying newer more expensive drugs.
    now dont get me wrong, huge steps have been made in this area and cancer is now very treatable for many types, but it is an area where science has made its quantum leap.

    The future of managing cancer no doubt as always will be screening and early detection where treatment is much more effective and less costly.
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    People in urban centers tend to be more likely to get cancer though because of more exposure to carcinogens. Although, it's impossible to live your life free of carcinogens.

    I think the statistics are 1/3 people will get cancer in the developed world, and 1/2 of those will die of it.
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    Thanks for the replies, and thanks again for clarifying things.

    When I say I was watching TV and heard the stat' for people getting cancer it was indeed an advertisement asking for money for cancer research. It has been something I have thought about in the past especially as there are a couple of relatives in my family, including my dad, suffering from cancer. But as you rightly point out, their cancer isn't being eradicated, or they are not being cured of cancer, they are getting treatment and drugs that control the cancer to a certain degree enabling them to live longer.

    And as stated in one reply the cancer can be triggered by lots of things. I particularly try to live as stress free as possible. To the point of giving up my special needs teaching which became increasingly stressful. I also try to be careful about what I eat. It's not about being paranoid it's about trying to live healthier and hopefully longer.

    But it does make me realise how powerful nature is when I think of something like cancer. We can fire a rocket into outer space which then fires a probe onto a speeding meteorite which we then recieve information from but mother nature says you can't cure cancer

    many thanks ALL, BARCUD
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