This is welcome news in a couple of ways. If they are faking cancer stats and cancer recoveries (as many of us suspect), then it shows up in this fact that half the people with cancer will die of a different disease.
Secondly, even if the stats are real, it means cancer is less to be feared than many people think.
I think the third interpretation… that we are winning the war against cancer, is the least likely to be true!
What are the facts?
Officially (this is the USA), there are now 12 million cancer survivors… up from 3 million in 1971 and 9.8 million in 2001. Other territories will have proportionately similar figures.
Two-thirds of them have survived cancer for at least five years, according to Yi Ning, MD, ScD, of the Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center in Richmond. He and his colleagues examined data on 1,807 cancer survivors who participated in the 1988-1994 and 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES).
The most common forms of cancer among the survivors were breast, prostate, lung, and colorectal. Fifty-one percent died from cancer and 49% died from other causes.
Died Of What?
Heart disease was the number one killer, responsible for over two-thirds of the non-cancer deaths. Chronic lung diseases like emphysema claimed 15%; Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes were each responsible for 4% of non-cancer deaths.
The study also showed that that the longer people lived after their initial cancer diagnosis, the more likely they were to die from another disease. In the first five years of diagnosis, 33% of survivors died from a condition other than cancer compared with 63% after 20 years.
Also, people diagnosed with cancer at older ages were more likely to die from diseases other than cancer, Ning says.
So Are Cases Really Cured?
I have to say this, but yes. You’d think, to read articles and comments in the holistic field, that chemo and radiation therapy is a dismal 100% failure.
That’s not true, really. The 12 million survivors are mainly from the conventional route. There is no evidence that more people survive using holistic methods (there are just NO figures, so please don’t write to me and tell me I am idiot). All we can say is that the quality of life is generally far better using a holistic approach.
Of course, once orthodox therapy has done its job and treatment discontinued, then the quality of life issue is irrelevant.
One is left with the question: does chemo etc. set you up for a recurrence? Figures say many cancers recur. You know that.
But what we lack is stats to tell us how often the cancers come back, after holistic therapy. And there are NO figures again, so again… don’t write and tell me I am idiot.
People on my list like me to tell the truth and not propagandize for holistic therapies. I’m just telling it like it is.
Orthodox or holistic is a personal choice and everyone is entitled to make their own decision. I’m disgusted at the number of “holistic” people who sneer at those who choose conventional therapy.
I put “holistic” in quotes because it is not nice to judge and stupid to believe only you are right, neither action of which is in any way in accord with Mother Nature and holism.
Lots of people die choosing the holistic route; some after seeing celebrated cancer heroes. So don’t be naïve.
I think the message is very clear. Survival of cancer requires general health measures that will protect you against ANY disease process. That starts and ends with diet; includes detoxing; requires elimination of toxic emotions; and not smoking, taking exercise and generally being moderate.
We should all be doing that. In which case we are unlikely to get cancer and will probably survive it if we do!
[SOURCE: American Association for Cancer Research Meeting 2012, Chicago, March 31-April 4, 2012]