The facts about cancer

The statistics of what cancer can do may feel like a smack  in the face.  The most important thing you need to remember is that today, thanks to millions of dollars spent on cancer research, more people are surviving cancer than ever before.  While there is no ‘cure’ for cancer, some types of cancer now have such high survival rates and low levels of recurrence that they are considered essentially ‘curable’.

….more people are surviving cancer           
than ever before.


What’s astounding is, according to the World Health Organization, heart attacks and related heart ailments are the top worldwide killer; infectious diseases are second and cancer is third.* While these statistics are no cause for celebration, they illustrate how we’ve become fixated on cancer. Most people (and they should) don’t fear heart disease or infectious diseases as much as they fear cancer.  In fact, according to the Canadian Cancer Society, 62 per cent** of people diagnosed with cancer today will survive compared to 1 in 3 people in the 1960’s. While by far not a perfect percentage, it shows that, psychologically speaking, our perception of cancer is one of several decades ago.
 
It’s time to change our perception. Although not everyone survives cancer, thankfully a great many of us do – and more will.  

Take control. Hope does happen.

*World Health Organization’s Global Burden of Disease (2004) report released in 2008.

 

 

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