It seems that every year about this time, I end up explaining my position on anti-cancer organizations. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. How 1 cancer gets a whole month is beyond me. Beyond that, it’s become more of a spectacle than anything. Maybe it’s because we have an infatuation with breasts. That’s my best guess. You don’t see people wearing ribbons on their butt in March for Colorectal Cancer awareness. Before you write me off as an evil person, understand that my beef is not with being anti-cancer, but with the organizations leading the way. Here are my arguments:
- Anti-cancer organizations are industry now. It’s all about the money, and tons of pockets are getting filled by dollars being paid by people’s fear of cancer, or sympathy for a loved one. If you think it’s right to use this weakness to exploit people into sending money an organization that is going to put it to very little use other than filling the pockets of a few people at the top, then go ahead and keep donating. This doesn’t mention the billions of dollars made on screenings and pharmaceuticals during these promotional periods. I’m not against screenings for cancer, but that is just a small part of the battle.
- Cancer is, for the most part, a self-inflicted condition. The sooner people get out of denial about how almost all the top causes of death are self-inflicted, the sooner things will change. You can’t catch cancer from your neighbor. You don’t get cancer simply because you have bad genes. I’ve got news for everyone. Genes are not a death sentence. You can have 6 genes for breast cancer and never get it if you take care of yourself and get the right nutrition, or you can have zero genes for breast cancer and still get it because you live a poor life style. Cancer, Diabetes, and Heart Disease are all almost entirely dependent on the lifestyle of the person. Learn more about how you can effect your genes here: Eating more fruits, vegetables may alter genetic risk for heart disease.
- Racing for a cure is worthless. In my opinion, there will never be cures for the 3 disease I just mentioned which account for probably 90% of deaths each year. If you want to make a difference, it’s all about prevention. Spending all of our resources for research on a cure for cancer is like looking for a cure for suicide victims after the fact. Sure come cancers can be removed with surgery or slowed down, but is that really better than preventing it from occurring in the first place? If we want to decrease the deaths from cancer, instead of making a small dent in treating it after the fact, we should be working on making a huge impact in research and awareness on prevention.
- Why not educate people on stuff that matters? If we spent more money on making people aware of how cancer is caused by things that are in our food, our air, water, cosmetics, bath and cleaning products, we would make a bigger impact. If we educated people on how proper diet and supplementation could prevent most forms of cancer, and started providing these types of programs for schools and senior citizens, we would make a huge difference. If we got health insurance to start supporting more preventative medicine, and rewarding optimal health practices, we would save more lives without bankrupting the system. A week in the hospital for some cancer patients could pay for years of prevention.
- We need to stop being so selfish and lazy. Everyone wants a cure now, because they are worried about themselves or a loved one. The biggest impact we can make is with the children. The sooner a healthier lifestyle is put in place, the greater the effect it will have. It’s much easier to disregard things when they are going well. No one cares about a wearing tire until it blows out on the highway. Most people think eating healthy, exercising, taking supplements and using eco and bio friendly products are expensive and inconvenient. Ask yourself this: Is it more convenient to take an hour or two to work on being healthy each day, or being sick or dead 24 hours a day?
I’m all for screening and advances in medicine. I just can’t support a system where 90% of the resources are being misused by putting a bandaid on the problem after the fact for maximum profit rather than preventing the problem altogether even if it means taking away from a few dominating industries. I do my best to educate people on living healthier lives now. I don’t ask them for money now by telling them they are going to be sick later. If you want to decrease cancer, start with you and your children now. Don’t just increase awareness in finding cancer, increase awareness in preventing cancer!