January 6, 2014 by esarsea
In the United States alone, more people die from cancer every year than there were U.S. military combat deaths in World War I, World War II, The Korean War and The Vietnam War – combined. Every 18 months in the United States, as many people die from cancer than there have have been U.S. military combat deaths from 1775 to present. That includes all wars and conflicts, including The Revolutionary War and The Civil War.
Imagine for a moment, 2 fully loaded Boeing 777’s with an average seating capacity of 400 each. One takes flight from the East Coast heading West, and the other takes flight from the West Coast heading East. Now Imagine these airliners collide in mid-air, somewhere over Nebraska or Kansas, killing everyone onboard both planes. Imagine that scenario repeated twice a day, every day, 365 days a year. How long would something like that continue before it became the focus of every politician? How many days of these disasters (each of which resulting in more loss of life than any airline accident in history) before we funded research – at whatever level was required – to find a solution?
That’s how many people die from cancer every day in the United States.
It’s been 42 years since President Nixon signed National Cancer Act which established government funding for cancer research. I’m not familiar with the numbers, and I don’t know if we’re spending as much on cancer research as we are, say, going to Mars or building drones. All I know is that it seems we’re treating cancer, for the most part, the same way we have for a long, long time; cut it out (if possible) followed by radiation and chemo. It’s a standing muse of healthcare professionals to wonder what will kill the patient first – the cancer, or the treatment.
I don’t pretend to have the answers. I just wanted to share some questions.