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2/3/2008 12:01:48 PM
Illness or business?
Just how long is the research for a cure for cancer in progress?
Is there any progress?

We are constantly asked to donate, donate, donate.
There is the Walk for Cancer; the sale of daffodils to help funding for cancer research and countless other fund raising events. But where does our money go? And more importantly ... when can we expect some real progress in the cure for cancer?

I recently spoke to a friend who’s mother died of a certain type of cancer 32 years ago. Recently her stepmother died of the very same cancer.
I don’t mean to be a pessimist, but if we are no further today than we were 32 years ago, what kind of hope do we have?

I also spoke to a so called cancer survivor. My interest was piqued because I had never met a survivor. It turned out this woman had breast cancer and has a mastectomy.
In my opinion a mastectomy is not a cure, it is a treatment.

It seems to me that these days no cures are found for any illnesses.
And if no cure can be found, what about at least an effective treatment?

Look for a moment at other illnesses.

Diabetes - Insulin was discovered in 1921 by Fred Banting and Charles Best.

Polio – A vaccine developed by Jonas Salk in 1952 and Albert Sabin in 1962

Penicillin – was discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming in 1928

And who can forget the discoveries of Louis Pasteur and Madam Curie?

All these people had to make do with very little resources, but they came up with solutions.
In comparison, these days, in an age of computers and endless resources, no cures are found.

I constantly asked myself, why do people feel so sorry feel cancer patients and donate to find a cure?
Why don’t they rather get mad and start asking questions.
Where does our money go to?
Why isn’t a cure or at least a treatment found yet?
What exactly is the cancer society doing?

If scientists can come up – in record time mind you – with a pill like Viagra, why can’t they find a cure for cancer?

Then again, come to think of it, what would happen if a cure for cancer was found.
Great news for patients, not so great news for the economy.

A legion of doctors and medical staff would suddenly find themselves unemployed.

Machinery – costing millions of dollars – would no longer be of value.

Treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and all sort of medication would no longer be needed.

All in all millions of dollars down the drain.

If you start to think of it, wouldn't you say that cancer is not an illness but a business?

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More Blogs by Conny Manero
• Chain letters - Friday, September 05, 2008
• Where do you write? - Friday, March 14, 2008
• Article Writing - Tuesday, February 12, 2008
•  Cancer - Sunday, February 03, 2008  
• Third World Child Sponsoring - Wednesday, January 30, 2008
• Taking a chance - Saturday, January 12, 2008
• Taking a chance. - Saturday, January 12, 2008
• The ferret that stole Christmas - Tuesday, December 25, 2007

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