Happy First of Summer!
While I've always been a fan of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and all of the work that they do (me and the CCS go waaayyy back), ever since learning about cancer and its mechanisms of action this past year at CCNM, I found myself questioning their fight against cancer campaign: http://www.fightback.ca/
In short, cancer occurs when your own body's cells start replicating abnormally. So, does this mean that the CCS wants us to fight ourselves? Cancer is normally an autoimmune (i.e. when the body attacks itself) disease and is rarely caused by an external pathogen. Moreover, is the term fight appropriate in the sense that it is quite negative. I guess I am more a believer in positive thoughts and messages when it comes to healing; however I do see how the idea of "fighting " cancer can be empowering to some and encourage them to be stronger and more resilient.
Also, I found an interesting article written by a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Iva Lloyd, that touches on the potential mis-use of the term "cure" by the CCS and other cancer organizations. In her article "Is Cure of Cancer Really The Goal?", she says that the majority of fundraising money is spent on researching new drugs (i.e. suppression) to stop cancer and she questions whether the money can be spent on cancer prevention instead.
I recently attended a cancer screening put on the by CCS and there it was discussed that something like 90% of cancers are preventable, with only a handful being determined by genes alone (oh, and even if you have a particular gene for cancer, it doesn't mean that it will be "turned-on" as most genetic cancers still require a trigger).
And thus, like many of my posts, all I can say is that living a healthy lifestyle is really the key to disease (including cancer) prevention and eradication.
Lastly, on the topic of cancer research, Tony and I listened to an audio version of this article about breast cancer screening this week. It is a lengthy article (seven long pages) but it is incredibly thought-provoking and actually quite scary...