World Cancer Day

Dear World

Are we aware that it is World Cancer Day on 4th February?
How do we feel about the big C word?

WHY is cancer such a dreaded word?
WHY is cancer on the rise?

WHY is there so much unknown about cancer?
WHY is our greatest fear losing someone to cancer?

WHY are there so many types of cancer?
WHY are we so scared about cancer?
WHY are cancer statistics feeling just too much?

WHY does cancer bring up strong emotions?
WHY does the word provoke so much inside us?
WHY does cancer bring up so many images in our head?

WHY do we feel so uncomfortable about the thought of cancer?
WHY do we feel so unsettled just by the word CANCER?
WHY do we not really want to know the ins and outs about cancer?

WHY do we feel so overwhelmed about cancer?
WHY do we dread the thought of getting cancer?
WHY do we pray and hope we don’t get cancer?

WHY do we have ugly thoughts about getting cancer?
WHY do we dread getting old in case we get cancer?
WHY do we fear dying of cancer?
WHY are we so afraid of dying?

WHY do we have the C word at the back of our minds?
WHY do we think we are ok as long as it’s not cancer?
WHY do we feel so helpless and hopeless with cancer?

WHY do we feel helpless around children with cancer?
WHY do we like to blame something outside of us for cancer?
WHY do we think cancer is genetics and hereditary?

WHY do cancer drugs cost so much?
WHY do cancer drugs not offer us any quality of life?
WHY do people with cancer look so ill?

WHY do cancer stories pull our heart strings so much?
WHY do we get hooked into sympathy when we hear about cancer?
WHY do we think cancer is the worst thing ever?

WHY have we not been able to prevent cancer?
Why have billions of hits on Google not told us anymore about cancer?
WHY have the billions spent on research not found a cure for cancer?

WHY are we unable to prevent cancer from happening?
WHY are we always the victim of cancer?
WHY are we not asking more questions about cancer?

WHY are we so desperate to get rid of cancer?
WHY are we prepared to do almost anything after we get the cancer?
WHY are we worried about our health, when we get cancer, but not before?

WHY are we so surprised when we get cancer?
WHY are we concerned about others so much when we get cancer?
WHY are we fighting something our body is communicating?

WHY are we thinking that we know more than our body?
WHY are our campaigns not getting us closer to a cure?
WHY are our fundraising efforts not making any real change?

WHY has getting involved not changed the rise in cancer?

WHY is our dictionary not giving us much hope with the definition of cancer?
WHY is all the research in the world not sorting out our cancer?
WHY is fighting cancer not cutting it really?

WHY are we unable to accept this C word?

WHY are we so intelligent in other areas of life, but not when it comes to cancer?

WHY are our scientists and researchers not able to keep up with this fast growing mutation of cells in our human body?

WHY are we not prepared to look at how we are living that may be contributing to WHY we have cancer?
In other words, our daily lifestyle choices?

What IF there was another way?

What IF our daily choices do have a hand in what dis-ease we end up with in our precious body?

What IF RESPONSIBILITY for all our choices was needed to see real change?

WHY are we about to press the x and move on, as this blog is just too much?

Let’s start –

Cancer affects all of humankind. (1)

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. (2)

USA

86% of all cancers diagnosed are in people aged 50 and over. (3)

2013 (3)

Estimated direct medical costs of cancer were $74.8 billion.
That is $74,800,000,000 in just one year.

2016 (3)

Estimated 1,685,210 new cancer cases.

Estimated that 595,690 people would die from cancer.
That is 1,630 people per day.

Nearly 1 in every 4 deaths is from cancer. (3)

The number of new cancer cases is expected to increase each year to 1.9 million new cases in 2020.

The greatest increase in the number of new cancer cases is expected in prostate cancer in men and in breast cancer in women.

In a few years, cancer is predicted to surpass heart disease and become the leading cause of death in the USA.

The actual number of people dying from many leading cancers will continue to increase steadily each year.

By the year 2020, it is predicted that almost 630,000 people in the USA will die from cancer. (4)

Cervical Cancer

2013
Nearly 12,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer.
4,000 died from cervical cancer. (5)

2016
Studies have shown that women are at a high risk of dying from cervical cancer. (5)

12,990 cases of invasive cervical cancer were expected to be diagnosed.
4,120 deaths were expected from cervical cancer. (3)

Cervical Cancers were one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in women until pap smears were introduced in the 1950’s. (5)

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women.
246,660 new invasive breast cancer cases were expected in women and 2,600 in men.
40,450 women and 440 men were expected to die from breast cancer. (3)

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men aside from skin cancer.
180,890 new cases of prostate cancer were expected to be diagnosed.
Prostate cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in men.
26,120 deaths were expected from prostate cancer.

The Surgeon General concluded that smoking increases the risk of advanced-stage prostate cancer. (3)

Kidney (Renal) Cancer

62,700 new cases of kidney cancer were expected to be diagnosed.
14,240 deaths were expected from kidney cancer. (3)

Liver Cancer

39,230 new cases of liver cancer were expected to be diagnosed.
27,170 deaths were expected from liver cancer.
Liver cancer is about 3 times more common in men than in women.
Liver cancer incidence rates have more than tripled since 1980. (3)

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women.

224,390 new cases of lung cancer were expected to be diagnosed.
That’s 14% of all cancer diagnoses.

Lung cancer accounts for more deaths than any other cancer.
158,080 deaths from lung cancer were expected to occur. That’s 1 in 4 cancer deaths. (3)

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer.

95,270 new cases of colon cancer were expected to be diagnosed.
39,220 cases of rectal cancer were expected to be diagnosed.

Colorectal cancer is 3rd leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.
49,190 deaths were expected from colorectal cancer.

Deaths for cancers of the colon and rectum are combined due to the large numbers of rectal cancer deaths that are misclassified as colon on death certificates. (3)

UK

2014

356,860 new cases of cancer – 980 cases diagnosed every day.
Every 2 minutes someone is diagnosed with cancer.
53% of new cancer cases are breast, prostate, lung or bowel cancer.

Thyroid cancer has shown the fastest increase in incidence in both men and women over the last ten years.
Liver, oral, kidney cancer and malignant melanoma have also had large increases in incidence rates.

50% of all cancer cases are diagnosed in people aged 70 and over. (2012 – 2014)
Incidence rates for all cancer cases are highest in people aged 85 and over. (2012 – 2014)

Since late 1970’s, cancer incidence rates for all cancers combined have increased by 30%.
Incidence rates for all cancers combined are projected to rise by 2% between 2014 and 2035, to 742 cases per 100,000 people by 2035. (6)

2.5 million people are living with cancer. This is expected to increase to 4 million by 2030. (7)

Breast Cancer (8)

Breast cancer is the most common cancer.
Breast cancer occurs in both men and women.

55,222 new cases of invasive breast cancer – 150 cases diagnosed every day.
15% of all new cancer cases are of breast cancer.
11,433 deaths from breast cancer – 31 deaths every day.
Breast cancer is the 3rd most common cause of cancer death.
48% of breast cancers are diagnosed in people aged 65 and over. (2012 – 2014)
Since late 1970’s, breast cancer incidence rates have increased 54%.
Most invasive breast cancers occur in the upper-outer quadrant of the breast.
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

Prostate Cancer (9)

Prostate cancer is the 2nd most common cancer.

46,690 new cases of prostate cancer – 130 cases diagnosed every day.
13% of all new cancer cases are of prostate cancer.
11,287 deaths from prostate cancer – 31 deaths every day.
54% of cases are diagnosed in men aged 70 and over. (2012 – 2014)
Since late 1970’s, prostate cancer incidence rates have increased 155%.
1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Lung Cancer (10)

Lung cancer is the 3rd most common cancer.

46,403 new cases of lung cancer – 130 cases every day.
13% of all new cancer cases are of lung cancer.
35,895 deaths from lung cancer – 98 deaths every day.
Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death.
22% of all cancer deaths are due to lung cancer.
Only 5% of people survive lung cancer for 10 or more years. (2010 – 2011)
Since late 1970’s, lung cancer incidence rates in women increased by 69%.
Most lung cancer cases are diagnosed at a late stage.
1 in 13 men and 1 in 17 women will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime.

Bowel Cancer (11)

Bowel cancer is the 4th most common cancer.

41,265 new cases of bowel cancer – 110 cases every day.
12% of all new cancer cases are of bowel cancer.
15,903 deaths from bowel cancer – 44 deaths every day.
Bowel cancer is the 2nd most common cause of cancer death.
Since late 1970’s bowel cancer incidence rates have increased by 14%.
Most bowel cancers are diagnosed at a late stage.
Most bowel cancers occur in the rectum.
1 in 14 men and 1 in 19 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer in their lifetime.

EUROPE

2012

Estimated to have been diagnosed –

More than 464,000 new cases of breast cancer. (8)

Approx. 417,000 new cases of prostate cancer. (9)

More than 410,000 new cases of lung cancer. (10)

Approx. 477,000 new cases of bowel cancer. (11)

GLOBAL

2012

Approx. 14.1 million new cancer cases diagnosed – all ages. (1) 

Approx. 8.2 million cancer deaths – all ages. (1)

More than 1.68 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer.
Approx. 522,000 women died from breast cancer. (8)

More than 1.1 million men were estimated to have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
More than 307,000 men were estimated to have died from prostate cancer. (9)

Approx. 1.83 million new cases were diagnosed with lung cancer.
Approx. 1.59 million people died from lung cancer. (10)

Approx. 1.36 million new cases were diagnosed with bowel cancer.
Approx. 694,000 died from bowel cancer. (11)

Laos, Vietnam, Korea and China have among the highest liver cancer incidences in the world. (3)

More than 60% of the World’s cancer cases occur in Africa, Asia and Central and South America.
These regions account for approx. 70% of all cancer deaths. (1)

50% of cancer cases occur in Asia with 22% arising in China and 7% in India.
25% occur in Europe with the remainder spread between America and Africa.
1% are in Oceania. (1)

Cancer statistics show that high-resource countries have the highest cancer incidences. (1)

The distribution of cancer in world regions indicates marked, and sometimes extreme, differences with respect to particular tumour types. (1)

2015

Lung cancer is the 5th leading cause of death. In 2000, it was the 9th leading cause of death.
Lung cancer caused 1.7 million deaths. (12)

The World Cancer Day website is telling us –

In February every year, World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.

The ‘We can. I can.’ campaign explores how everyone – as a collective or as individuals can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

They are asking us to join World Cancer Day 2017 to show that together ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference in the fight against cancer.

World Cancer Day is an initiative of the UICC – Union for International Cancer Control who work to unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda. It is the largest cancer fighting organisation, with over 1000 member organisations across 162 countries.

They have fact sheets aimed at individuals, patients and carers.
Example – I Can Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices.
http://www.worldcancerday.org/sites/wcd/files/atoms/files/2017WCD_Factsheet_ICanMakeHealthyLifestyleChoices.pdf

First Question – who reads this stuff?
Is anyone actually paying attention?
Are the people promoting this fact sheet living what is being presented?

Everyone can take steps to reduce the risk of cancer by choosing healthy options including

  • Quitting smoking as tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of cancer globally.
  • Keeping physically active and choosing healthy food and drinks.

Smoking accounts for more than 20% of cancer deaths worldwide. (13)

Smoking is estimated to cause 32% of all cancer deaths in the USA. (3)

80% of lung cancer deaths in the USA are caused by smoking. (3)

Let’s just stop here before we go any further.

So we all know without any doubt smoking is an absolute No. Yet we still smoke and add to that marijuana pot smokers and here we have one lifestyle choice that can change our cancer statistics. So WHY are we choosing to smoke?

WHY are we busy finding solutions, researching and researching for more cures but not stopping to ask –
What on earth is going on in our lives that makes us want to smoke something that is pure poison and is destroying our body?

Is something missing in our lives?
WHY are our lungs not breathing in a natural way?
WHY is the smoking more than a habit?
WHY is the smoke needed to function?
WHY is puffing away a kind of best friend?
WHY does the high price not stop us from smoking?
WHY do all the ads and campaigns not stop us?
WHY do the government health warnings make no difference?
WHY do many of us want to give up but simply can’t?

Next – the same fact sheet is telling us that individuals can also reduce their risk of many common cancers by maintaining a healthy weight and making physical activity part of their everyday lives.

Did you know –

Being overweight or obese increases the risk of ten cancers.

Bowel Cancer
Breast Cancer
Ovarian Cancer
Kidney Cancer
Liver Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer
Gallbladder Cancer
Oesophagus Cancer
Uterine Cancer

So here is a big fat clue that just our weight can be a contribution to many common cancers.

So WHY is it that we feel we have the licence to indulge and let loose our belts at Christmas time because everyone else is doing it so we just go for the excess eating and drinking?

WHY is the New Year party time season adding even more weight on?
WHY is it ok to trash our body and not address our weight issue?

WHY do we love our comfort foods that are piling on the pounds?
WHY do we have our own version of ‘healthy foods’ to suit our own agenda?
WHY do we keep buying those sugary filled foods that keep us going?
WHY do we eat all the wrong foods just to bury our exhaustion?

WHY do we think that a gym membership is the only way to get rid of the excess weight?
WHY do we struggle with physical activity when we have a weight issue?
WHY do we have some celebrities and role models promoting obese bodies as ok?

WHY are we not educating our kids in kindergarten about the effects of sugar in our diet?
WHY are we not prepared to Get Real and Get Honest about our food choices?

WHY does our weight have so much to do with our diet?

WHY is the thought of walking every single day not on our radar on a cold day?

Next – same fact sheet –

Alcohol is also strongly linked with an increased risk of several cancers.

Reducing alcohol consumption decreases the risk of cancers of the
Mouth
Bowel
Liver
Breast
Oesophagus
Pharynx
Larynx

Let’s spell this out and repeat it so we get it –
ALCOHOL IS ALSO STRONGLY LINKED WITH AN INCREASED RISK OF SEVERAL CANCERS.
We might not want to read this, feel it or even think about it as it would mean making changes that may not suit our comfortable lifestyle.

The relationship between alcohol consumption and cancer risk has been known since the beginning of the 20th century. (1)

2010 (1)

There were approx. 337,400 cancer deaths attributable to alcohol worldwide.
They were mainly in men.
Liver cancer accounted for the largest proportion of deaths among the different tumour types.

Ethanol brings about a genotoxic (damage to genes) effect upon metabolism to acetaldehyde, which is the agent predominantly responsible for carcinogenesis.

2016 (14)
Hospital admissions in England for alcohol-related cancer have increased from 35.3 to 38.0 per 100,000 people.

What if we funded more research into the effects of alcohol on the human body?
Would that be the scientific evidence needed to make this an immutable fact?

WHY are we asking people to ‘reduce alcohol consumption’ when we all know alcohol is a scientific proven poison?

Our blog on Alcohol will leave the reader in no doubt that this poison alters our natural state and attacks our body.

Could it be possible that those writing and presenting are enjoying their alcohol consumption?
In other words, they endorse this substance as they are drinking ‘responsibly’?
Could it be possible that we cannot drink poison ‘responsibly’ even if we would like to think so?

Final point, same fact sheet says –
Overall, more than a third of common cancers could be prevented by a healthy diet, being physically active and maintaining a healthy body weight.

So, what exactly is cancer to us, the general public on the street?

Concise Oxford English Dictionary (15) and Google tell us the same –
a disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body.

So if we break this down we can say that the cells are not normal and they are dividing and cannot be controlled.

WHY do we have abnormal cells in the first place?
WHY do these cells divide so there is more of them?

WHY do some of us have them and not all of us?
WHY do we just want the quick fix or get rid of it attitude?
WHY do we simply accept uncontrolled division of abnormal cells as bad luck?

WHY is it that we cannot control them?

WHY are these abnormal cells located in a certain part of the body?
WHY are we not asking more WHY questions?
WHY are we not digging deeper to find the root cause?

Should we all be asking –

What on earth is our body trying to communicate to us?
What are our cells trying to tell us?
Are we ready to truly listen to our body?
Are we willing to develop a deep connection to our inner-most self?
Is there a clue when abnormal cells are in a certain part of our body?
How are we living every day, that gives rise to such dis-ease in our bodies?
What is going on in our lives that is making ‘abnormal cells’?
Do our emotions have anything to do with abnormal cell formation?
Do our irresponsible lifestyle choices have a hand in all of this?
What are our daily choices that are causing an ‘uncontrolled division’ of these cells?

WHY are we wasting so much money on certain treatments?

NHS wastes over £2,300,000,000 a year on unnecessary or expensive treatments, says leading medical body The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. The professional body that represents 250,000 UK doctors has carried out a year-long study and found that the health service wastes over £2 billion a year on a range of procedures and processes that could be done better, more cheaply or not at all. (16)

One of the report’s recommendations is for patients with terminal cancer to be given ‘treatment holidays’ from chemotherapy to improve their quality of life.

They are calling on all doctors and nurses to start questioning the value of every test and treatment they recommend for patients in order to help the NHS withstand the unprecedented financial pressure it is under and improve patient experience.

The report also mentions how the relentless demand of the public is for treatment here and now and is often fuelled by the Internet.

Would it be fair to say that we do some research, find what we want and go with that and express our demands to the clinicians who are already doing their very best?

The reports’ findings could help the NHS withstand the rising pressures it is facing.
This report neatly embodies some practical ideas for more efficient practice.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh – Medical Director, NHS England. (16)

The British Medical Association reject the findings of this report saying that the NHS is in fact the most efficient healthcare system in the world.

With due respect and using some common sense here – what are we calling ‘efficient healthcare”?
Is achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted expense the real answer?
Are we relying on a healthcare system that is facing bankruptcy at the rising rates of illness and disease?Are we ignoring completely a year-long study that may hold some truth?
Are we willing to be open-minded and further question what this report is saying?
What if QUALITY OF LIFE supports our body more than a treatment of chemotherapy?
What if cancer treatments alone simply offer us an extension to our existence?
What if cancer treatments are not able to keep up with the cell division?
What if we need to use our cancer treatment time to evaluate our life to this point?
What if we stopped demanding from our healthcare systems to fix us?

Next –

Cancer Specialist told the British Medical Journal that many of the drugs given out are a waste of money, extending life by only a few months.
A few more months might sound worth it – but what few people appreciate is that many of these drugs come with awful side-effects.
It would be much better to spend the money on psychology services to support those with a cancer diagnosis. When it comes to a person’s final days, sometimes we need to think about quality, not quantity.
Dr. Max Pemberton – Psychiatrist in National Health Service
Daily Mail 12 November 2016

So this is just one doctor’s opinion and we could dismiss it or we could stay open here.

Why do we put up with side effects that are just buying us some time?
WHY do some of these drugs leave us feeling even worse?
What would happen if we just stopped and questioned why our body is in this state?
What if quality of life is more important to us, but we have not ever expressed that?

Could it be possible that our fear of dying is why we put up with the awful side effects of cancer drugs?

Could it be possible that our family is the only reason we want to keep going and fighting the uncontrolled division of abnormal cells?

Could it be possible that we feel we have no choice but to go along with what everyone else wants for us?

Could it be possible that we feel overwhelmed with the very word cancer, let alone all the other stuff that comes with it?

Could it be possible that what Dr. Max is saying about quality and not quantity could be applied to all areas of our lives? In other words, what quality are we living?

What is the quality of our everyday lifestyle choices?

Researchers have found that people with anxiety and depression are more likely to die from cancer. The cancer types included bowel, prostate, pancreatic, oesophagus and leukaemia.

Our findings contribute to the evidence that poor mental health might have some predictive capacity for certain physical diseases but we are a long way off from knowing if these relationships are truly causal.
Dr. David Batty, University College London (17)

Why are our health systems struggling to keep up with treatment targets?

Hospitals in England are struggling to cope with the 1.5 million people each year that GPs refer for cancer tests. Doctors identified a lack of scanners and key staff like radiologists and endoscopists as part of the problem.

Leading cancer doctors have warned that the NHS is ‘increasingly ill equipped’ to give timely care to the numbers of people that will be diagnosed with cancer over the coming years, due to an ageing population and lifestyle factors such as obesity, smoking and drinking.

There are gaps right now across the NHS cancer workforce, including oncologists, therapists, nutritionists, nurse specialists and other groups. The shortage of radiologists – who interpret x-rays and scans – is so serious that one university hospital in the south-east recently had 11 of its 33 consultant radiologist posts unfilled because there were too few applicants, while another teaching hospital in the north-west has 8 of its 36 posts unfilled and 7 have been vacant for over a year.
Dr. Giles Maskell, former president of the Royal College of Radiologists (18)

The Office of National Statistics in the UK have published a cancer calculator for the first time.
So you get to know how long you are expected to live if you were diagnosed in 2015 for some of the commonest forms of cancer.

Research, better treatments, early diagnosis, new drugs and accurate tests mean more people are surviving cancer.

Surviving is not necessarily the same as living well and too many people with cancer miss out on the support they badly need once treatment has finished.
The trauma of a cancer diagnosis and treatment affects every individual differently, with some suffering from depression while others will contend with fatigue and chronic swelling resulting from treatment.
Lynda Thomas – Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support (19)

WHY is it that we want to know how long we have, but dismiss the quality?
Could it be possible that we have not lived a true quality of life and so surviving is all we know?
Could it be possible that surviving is simply existing not Living?
In other words, we can function but there is no real true quality?
WHY does quantity appeal to us more than quality?

This article from the media tells us what we want to hear. We demand the news and they supply.

We all want to know what chances have we realistically got to survive once we get the nod that we have cancer. Depending on where it is located in our body determines how long we have to survive.

Just the word Survive tells us we can continue to exist against all odds in spite of danger or hardship.

How does that sound?
How does that feel?

IF our body could talk to us – what would it have to say about that word Survive?
Would all these questions be worth asking or have we just given up?

Are we totally disempowered when we speak to the doctors?
Are we demanding the hospitals do even more because we read it on Google?
Are we fixated on survival above anything else?

Are we able to be rational at this time?
Are we aware we may be reacting to anything and everything?
Are we too busy with hospital appointments that there is no stop moment?

Are we too pre-occupied in what our future is going to be like?
Are we having crazy thoughts about death and beyond?
Are we in victim mode and cannot get past that?

Are we in the blame game so nothing makes sense now?
Are we feeling shame or some deep hurt, but have to just get on with it?
Are we exhausted beyond words from even more sleepless nights?

Are we forgetting to nurture ourselves and see no point now?
Are we still worried about everyone except ourselves?
Are we going to blow our last dollar on the holiday of a lifetime?

Are we going to become very crazy because we know time is running out?
Are we going to withdraw and contract away from people?
Are we going to stop engaging in life as that means we don’t have to communicate?

Are we going to enjoy the attention we are finally getting, that we so want?
Are we going to plan the future and pretend this is all a dream?
Are we going to start lying about what is really going on as it seems easier?

Are we going to find a way to run that marathon because that’s what we are expected to do?
Are we going to start fighting and campaigning as everyone else is?
Are we going to fund raise in hope that it keeps our mind busy and off the real subject?

Are we going to wear the coloured wristband to unite and feel a part of something?
Are we going to vent our deep hurt and pain at the kids, the dog, the world or God?
Are we going to keep our emotions down with our best friend – alcohol?

What IF it is not us but our dear loved one?
Are we imposing on them to exist longer because we have a need?
Are we not prepared to allow them the space to feel what they truly want?
Are their crazy cells not allowing them to think what is best for their body?

Dear World,

Nothing seems to be making sense in our world and cancer is getting worse.
Have we lost the plot?

Is it time to get real and honest about what is not working in our lives?

WHY are we not taking note when the medical profession is telling us alcohol is related to cancer?

WHY are we choosing to ignore the fact that obesity could add to the chances of us getting cancer?

WHY do we all seem to have different opinions and awareness about cancer?

Can we join the dots?
Is there a simple answer that most of us do not want to consider?

What IF we are living in a way that has neglected our body and this is why we have cancer?

What IF we keep doing what we know is wrong and this is why we have been diagnosed with cancer?

What IF our choices got us cancer in the first place?

Could it be that simple or is that way off?

Is our evolutionary path one that leads us to end up as walking brains or minds whilst our bodies rot from the utter neglect and or denial of their equal if not greater importance?

Is not the continuous rise in the diagnosis of the many forms of cancer and the widespread growth of diabetes a clear sign that something is deeply wrong in the way we choose to live, and more so – in the intelligence that does not challenge it?
Serge Benhayon, An Open Letter to Humanity, p. 162

Is this worth stopping and at least considering?

It is a clear sign that something is deeply wrong as we now have so many forms of cancer?

For decades, Mina Bissell – an extraordinary scientist pursued a revolutionary idea – that a cancer cell does not automatically become a tumour but that it depends on surrounding cells (its microenvironment) for signals on how to develop.

This video link presents the two key experiments that point to a new understanding of cancer.

http://www.ted.com/talks/mina_bissell_experiments_that_point_to_a_new_understanding_of_cancer

This woman is telling us to ‘think outside the box’.
Arrogance kills curiosity. Keep asking ‘what else needs to be discovered’?

Others were very sceptical and she could not get funding.
We have 70 trillion cells in our human body.
The environment of the cell is dominant in context.

A Radical Hypothesis

If tissue architecture and context are the message, then tumour cells with abnormal genomes should be capable of becoming “normal” if tissue architecture is restored.

This is a new way of thinking about Cancer.

Conclusions – Growth and malignant behaviour are regulated at the level of tissue organisation, and tissue organisation is dependent on the ECM (extra cellular matrix) and the microenvironment.

Cancer cells make other cells go crazy. No harmony.

We know the sequence of the genome.
We know the language of the genome.
We know the alphabet of the genome.

We know nothing about the language and alphabet of form

How on earth can we dismiss this?
WHY are we not expanding on this research?
WHY are we not aware of this new understanding about cancer?
WHY was this not all over the media?
WHY is this not front page news headlines?
WHY have we not heard any more in the past 5 years?

What does this mean to us on the street?
Is it telling us that science is saying what Benhayon has been saying since 1999 – that how we live and the choices we make every day, does have an effect on our body?

Our cells go crazy when there is a tumour so we should all be asking WHY?
How come they stop going crazy if the environment changes?

Could it be possible that if we start to make choices about everything in a true way, the crazy cells go back to their natural flow?

Could it be possible that our cells have a rhythm and order that is the same as nature?

Could it be possible that we need to remain steady and consistent with our body’s natural way of being to avoid crazy cells?

WHY are we choosing to live in utter neglect, needs to be a question for all of us?
WHY are we sitting on the fence simply accepting what life seemingly gives us?

Could it be possible that the way we choose to live is the reason WHY things happen in the first place?

Could it be that simple?

References

(1) International Agency for Research on Cancer. World Health Organization. World Cancer Report 2014. Lyon, 2014 (p.16, p.18, p.19, p.25, p.96). Retrieved January 30, 2017 from
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  1. It seems clear to me that we would rather die of cancer than ask questions which may implicate us in its cause and/or in its resolution…

    This blog is comprised of the very questions we have been avoiding and the scientist Mina Bissell is fearlessly and humbly asking them as well.

    The greatest hurtle I see to healing cancer is our human-avoidance-of-responsibility and our terror of being caught in irresponsibility… perhaps this is what creates arrogance?

    I feel we already know we are killing ourselves by allowing the quality of our inner life and the care of our body to deteriorate far below what feels natural or true for us; indeed feeling the harm of marinading our cells in unhappiness is a feeling no one can escape…

    …so the questions which lead to the answers are all here; the questions and their respondent answers are ours to claim and make new choices with; choices which bring about feelings of harmony and result in a quality of life we can recognize as what we have wanted all along.

  2. A diverse group of 1,945 women where surveyed by researchers 7 months after treatment for early stage breast cancer where the women rated the severity of seven common side effects of the cancer treatment:

    “93 percent of women said they experienced at least one of the seven side effects, with 45 percent rating it severe or very severe. Pain, skin irritation and constipation were most frequently severe or very severe.”

    This is important work on the treatments we need and doesn’t it also ask us to consider if it is time to also fund our researchers to look into why some women don’t get breast cancer?

    Can this study lead us to want to direct more energy toward understanding where cancer is coming from so we can focus on prevention?

    Does reading about the grueling journey of battling breast cancer invoke a desire for further studies that could empower us to take our health into our own hands so we don’t need to reach the point where we have to survey women about how severe their breast cancer treatment side effects are?

    http://www.news-medical.net/news/20170124/Study-Half-of-women-treated-for-early-stage-breast-cancer-report-severe-side-effects.aspx

  3. What this amazing scientist is presenting is ‘out of the box’ talk. Not the norm so to speak. Mina Bissell could be giving us all a big clue and with her science background, some of us may just pay some attention.
    Our environment has something to do with how we behave and this can be applied in the same simple way to our cells.
    So what is going on around affects the cancer cell. By changing the outer the harmony can be restored.

    Maybe we are looking in the wrong places for our answers and bringing about real change will come one day, when we realise that our choices got us the cancer and our new choices if lived, may just change things in more ways that we can even imagine.

    1. For a few years now there has been much objection to The Cancer Drugs fund.
      The fund was initiated by UK politicians as a way to address the lack of access to the latest cancer drugs for cancer patients, as the NHS would not fund them.

      However, this week it has been revealed that

      Only 1 in 5 of the treatments were of benefit.
      Only 18% of the drugs met internationally recognised criteria for being clinically beneficial.
      Over a 6 year period the fund cost £1.27 billion (£1,270,000,000) – 2010 – 2016.
      The fund was not monitored properly.
      Towards the end of the 6 years more than 50% of the drugs were being struck off the list.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39711137

      What went wrong here, as this is a very expensive lesson?

      Have we put too much focus on drugs being the only treatment option for cancer ignoring that there could be more to this deadly disease than we currently understand?

      Would we all benefit if we took note of what Mina Bissell is saying, as Simple Living Global are asking?

      Do we need to start thinking ‘outside the box’ as Bissell is saying so that we can be on the front foot in dealing with this dis-ease?

      Focusing on criticising what has gone wrong will not change anything and will only serve to keep us stuck. Being open to another way however, can incite change.

  4. I know from my own experience that context matters. My body responds differently in different environments. I might feel nauseous, tense, head-achey, disturbed or alert, vital, clean/clear, relaxed, depending on where I am, what I’m doing and how I am in that. It therefore makes absolute sense to me that cells would also respond to their environment. If I’m tense, I’m tense at a cellular level: that tension is inside me. If I’m pouring in toxins, my cells suffer that toxicity.

    Yet the idea that we could be responsible for our own dis-ease, which results in named diseases like cancer, seems so controversial. I can imagine the author of this blog being shot down on Newsnight for even suggesting such a thing. Why is that? What is standing it the way of us exploring that possibility. With the statistics off the chart, as exposed above (1 in every 4 deaths from cancer! 1,630 cancer deaths EVERY day), isn’t every stone worth turning?

    And what a great example, quoting the statistic about high resource countries having the the highest cancer incidences. Why would that be? Isn’t that worth researching to the endth degree: looking into what is causing that? And if we did research it, would we look to pollution and mobile telephony waves and the like for the cause or would we consider the possibility that there is something about the way we are living in high resource countries that is having a crippling effect on our health?

    If we look, what will we see?

  5. And in the news on World Cancer Day – “Effective cure will happen in five to 10 years, says leading expert. Advances in genetics mean doctors will be able to prescribe drugs to treat each individual’s unique form of cancer, turning the often deadly disease into a chronic, but treatable condition”
    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/world-cancer-day-2017-effective-cure-will-happen-five-to-10-years-expert-karol-sikora-a7558846.html#gallery
    Whilst that is a great advance in genetics, it makes me feel that in this we are ‘normalising’ cancer in that it becomes a ‘chronic condition’ – and just a normal part of many other ‘chronic conditions’. The forecasts for those who will get cancer is rocketing through the roof – cancer is ruthless when it takes hold of the body. Where is the research and studies on why we get cancer in the first place? We know it is linked to lifestyle – where are the research studies that look at how lifestyle can reduce the incidence of cancer – when we get a cancer diagnosis what if a change in lifestyle can reduce its progression, or its return?

  6. Thank you for sharing this article Jane Keep
    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/world-cancer-day-2017-effective-cure-will-happen-five-to-10-years-expert-karol-sikora-a7558846.html#gallery

    Where will we be in 5-10 years, if we herald cancer as a long term chronic condition?
    Will there be another disease to then take its place?

    With due respect to our medical professionals who work tirelessly to find a cure what you say makes a lot of sense Jane, ‘Where is the research and studies on why we get cancer in the first place?’

    If we spent an equal amount of time and energy focussed on looking at why we get cancer, rather than focusing solely on how to make people better, we would make great inroads into understanding this disease and support less new cases developing.

    The numbers of people that are ill affected with each cancer case is huge. It is not only the person diagnosed who is affected but all those that they interact with – family, friends, colleagues, neighbours, etc

  7. Cancer rates are expected to rise by 6 times faster among women than men over the next 20 years, as reported in The Week magazine, 18th February 2017.

    Analysis conducted by Cancer Research UK suggests that rates will rise by about 3% for women by 2035 and 0.5% for men.

    This means that approx. 4.5 million women and 4.8 million men will have been diagnosed with cancer by 2035. This will mainly be driven by increases in obesity. Many of the cancers linked to weight e.g. breast, womb and ovarian cancer are mainly cancers that affect women.

    In addition to the above, more women are being diagnosed with cancer as women are drinking more than we used to. Although smoking rates in general are declining, as women took up smoking in the mid-20th century as men were starting to quit.

    This is astonishing to read and shows the trend of where we are heading if we do not deal with this disease and look at and address the lifestyle factors that are affecting us.

    Reading this blog, certainly has a lot of questions and answers that can support any of us to make that change.

  8. When I read or hear about cancer I get this sick feeling in my body. And I have had very little personal experience with it. I feel it is about having no control over getting or not getting cancer. There is mystery around cancer that I do feel around other diseases.
    I am noticing that when I feel this feeling I push it away. I do not want to feel it, an old pattern in my life.
    I have committed to feeling all the feelings in my life now and it has totally changed my life. At first some of the feelings are scary but I am trusting my self more that my body knows how to deal with the feelings. This allows me to be more open to all the wonderful feelings. And I can look at things like cancer with a different perspective, not running away from it. Now I have a better chance to make a more appropriate response to cancer.

  9. I feel that everyone knows that cancer risk can be substantially reduced just by taking better care of ourselves. So why is is so difficult to do these simple things that will increase our quality of life and reduce the risk of cancer? Why have we not asked this question before?

    Look at all the amazing things that mankind has accomplished when there is a need or desire, yet when it comes to our personal health we seem to feel it is not a priority. All it would take to deal with our health care crisis is make it the number one priority in our lives.

    This kind of blog is a step in the right direction. Get these facts out there. Talk about them. They should be front page news. We are extremely powerful if we speak up and do not hold back.

  10. Reading this blog has highlighted the way we live is attributing to cancer. Surely as intelligent species we could work this out by now, do we need scientists to tell us or make us believe where man kind is at, common sense is within us all. People rather be excited about life on Mars or the possibilities of living there because they’ve discovered water, yet there’s life and water on earth. Investment of energy on other things or finding cures for cancers is not serving man kind, instead investment on true prevention of cancer, with the first step of being responsible and accountable for everything we do.

    If what we put into our bodies causes a condition or disease then why are people not accountable for their choices? Is there a possibility that people continued belief that the health system will fix everything including their irresponsibility? The reality check is the health system has its own problems. I have worked in the NHS and Australian health system for over two decades and the state of health of the nurses, midwives, doctors has changed, obesity being one of them.

    In 2016 it was estimated 130,466 (72,048 males and 54,418 females) were newly diagnosed cancer cases in Australia (it is only an estimate and not definitive, so assuming the numbers are probably higher).

    Estimated number of deaths from cancer were 46,880 (26,566 males and 20,314 females).

    The most common new cancers were prostate – 18,138, with bowel at 17,520 and breast at 16,084.

    https://canceraustralia.gov.au/affected-cancer/what-cancer/cancer-australia-statistics

  11. E-cigarettes are not the health alternative to smoking that we think.

    Daily Mail – 11th March 2017

    Researches have found that smokers of e-cigarettes may be exposing themselves to high levels of cancer causing chemicals.

    Benzene, which is found in traffic pollution and paint stripper has been linked to a number of diseases. Benzene has been found in ‘alarming amounts’ in e-cigarettes when they have been used at high power.

    Benzene has been called ‘the biggest single cancer-risk ambient air toxin’ in the USA.

    The advice is to stay away from using e-cigarettes on high power settings.

    Is this advice enough?

    Should we be really looking at WHY, when we know one thing is bad for us – tobacco and the high cancer risk – do we need to find an alternative?

    Could seeking alternatives all stem from the same ill of trying to cover up something else that we are trying to avoid?

    I remember when I used to smoke there was always an empty feeling inside that I was trying to cover up and silence with the smoking. Each cigarette gave me temporary relief, until the feeling occurred again and I would go for the next one.

    As Simple Living Global asks “Is there something missing in our lives?”

    Could this be the reason why we choose to smoke?

  12. This is an awesome blog with some very shocking statistics.

    The author of this blog has asked a lot of pertinent questions as to how we look at what cancer really means to us and how we are so scared of that dreaded diagnosis of the ‘C’ word.

    Why does having a diagnosis of cancer conjure up fear and dread as opposed to other diagnoses like heart disease or diabetes?

    Could it be possible that, as this blog asks, the way we live our everyday lives is what causes cancer or any other illness or dis-ease for that matter?

    As a race of people, we like to blame everyone and anything else for why we have been ‘CHOSEN’ to have an illness.

    Skin cancer, for instance, is generally blamed on the sun.

    If the sun causes skin cancer, then why has the whole world NOT got skin cancer?

    Without the sun we wouldn’t have life.

    Is it possible then, that those who have skin cancer, the sun is offering a healing by bringing out any poisons we have in our bodies?

    With these statistics it is clear to see that cancer rates are increasing and treatments, although they are getting more effective and helping the ‘sufferer’ to live a longer life, are not offering a true healing.

    The cure for cancer has been going on for a long time now and for all the fundraising, campaigns, marathons, coffee and cake mornings, pink bracelets, charities, cancer research facilities and all the donations in the world, has not gotten humanity any closer to finding a cure.

    The quote below, taken from this blog, is by Serge Benhayon, who has been saying we are the creators of all our ills since 1999:

    “Is our evolutionary path one that leads us to end up as walking brains or minds whilst our bodies rot from the utter neglect and or denial of their equal if not greater importance?

    Is not the continuous rise in the diagnosis of the many forms of cancer and the widespread growth of diabetes a clear sign that something is deeply wrong in the way we choose to live, and more so – in the intelligence that does not challenge it?

    Serge Benhayon”. An Open Letter to Humanity, p. 162

    Is it possible that whilst we continue to look for a ‘Cure’ for cancer outside of ourselves, we will never find a true Healing?

  13. Crowdfunding for cancer medical treatments seems to be gaining in popularity as the link below shows:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38858898

    It says that over £4.5 million was raised in appeals in 2016 compared to £530,000 in 2015.

    People are setting up online sites where others can make donations to pay for their treatment, usually abroad, because the NHS doesn’t offer what they need.

    One oncologist has expressed his concern for this method because he feels that in some cases the patient may be getting treatment that isn’t beneficial to them.

    What about the integrity of the person setting up the fund?
    Is it genuine or is it a way to extort money?

    Why are we keen to donate money to these sites?
    Is it because we may be diagnosed with cancer and we want to be able to pay for our treatment?

    Is this just another way we don’t have to take RESPONSIBILITY for our own choices?

    Is getting others, or indeed, the NHS, to pay for the way we live our everyday lives the truth?

    Is there a way to live our lives that may lessen the possibility of having an illness or dis-ease?

    If we lived a life of true responsibility, is it possible that we wouldn’t need to crowdfund for our treatments?

    Is it possible that, by the way we live our lives, we are the creators of all our illnesses and dis-ease?

    If so, is it possible that by changing the way we live our lives, it would reduce or eliminate any illness or dis-ease?

  14. This is a whopper of a blog with jaw dropping statistics… Nearly 1 in every 4 deaths is from cancer.

    So ’tissue organisation is dependent on the ECM (extra cellular matrix) and the microenvironment’.
    If cells are dependant on their microenvironment to be healthy and their environment is in the body we live in, it makes total sense what Simple Living Global is saying.. that if we look after our body, in how we live and take care of ourselves, then our cells would be in an environment that supported them, rather than sending them crazy leading to illness.. cancer.

    This speaks volumes in how much we can help ourselves by taking Responsibility for our own health from how we live.

  15. The fact that people diagnosed with anxiety and depression are more likely to die from cancer definitely needs to be looked at.

    I know that researchers have been keen to stress that this link is not evidence that these conditions caused cancer, but if we consider what Mina Bissell is saying – that it is the micro-environment of a cell which determines whether it develops a tumour or not, could it be possible that our emotional state affects our physical state and vice-versa, as all is not flowing harmoniously within?

    What I do know is that when I had depression, I also had many other health problems – from frequent colds to irritable bowel syndrome and extreme hair loss. It has only been because I have made changes in my lifestyle that both the physical and mental health conditions have gone.

    We do need to keep asking questions in order to understand what is really going on and WHY.

    On that note – I thoroughly recommend this game changer article by Simple Living Global on Depression for anyone who is questioning life and our current ill state of health.
    http://simplelivingglobal.com/world-health-day-depression/

  16. Thank you Jenifer for asking such pertinent questions.

    Reading these articles by Simple Living Global have and are certainly opening my eyes, not just to my own life but also what is going on around me including news reports.

    Today – 4th May 2017 – The Guardian report on the rising number of alcohol-related hospital admissions over the last 10 years.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/03/baby-boomers-warned-over-alcohol-intake-as-hospital-admissions-soar

    The article also quotes the World Cancer Research Fund who have said that 21,000 cases of cancer in the U.K. could be prevented each year if nobody drank. This includes nearly 12,000 cases of breast cancer.

    If we started with alcohol alone, the number of new cases and deaths would be significantly reduced.

    By starting in one area, so challenging our accepted views about alcohol – could this then lead to us challenging other areas of our lives that we have accepted as normal but are indeed harmful and could be contributing to cancer?

  17. A dear friend told me yesterday he has cancer.

    I am so grateful to be able to share this blog with him so he can look deeper.

  18. Fascinating to watch, what a great confirmation Mina Bissell’s scientific presentation is, of what Serge Benhayon has been presenting for years. It’s fantastic that science has has proven the fact that the environment of the cell determines it’s health, so if we are responsible for the environment of the cell by how we choose to live then it seems to me the turn around of cancer statistics are in our hands.. our Responsibility.

  19. Cancer is noted as Africa’s new health burden.

    In this article from Deutsche Welle they state that ‘In many African countries there is still a lack of awareness and treatment methods, but the number of people affected is on the rise.’

    http://www.dw.com/en/cancer-africas-new-health-burden/a-37352696

    World Health Organization advisor, Dangou is quoted as saying that in 2015 there were 530,310 cancer deaths in Africa and that this is recognised as a ‘worrying public health problem.’

    The rise is attributed to

    Aging populations
    Changing lifestyles
    Unhealthy diets
    Lack of physical exercise
    Excessive use of alcohol and tobacco

    The situation and lack of resources for treatment are so dire that in Kenya, cancer patients can find themselves waiting up to a year for treatment.

    70% of all cancer deaths worldwide occur in developing countries which lack medical facilities and medical personnel.

    Whilst the resources for early detection and treatment are highly important EQUALLY we would benefit from asking the questions posed by Simple Living Global here in this blog, so that we can start to look at why we are getting cancer in the first place.

    This in itself, would cut down the enormous pressures, including the huge financial burden, countries are facing in dealing with the rapidly rising rates of cancer diagnoses.

  20. I was at a very busy London hospital for cancer patients today and it was the size that blew me away. This confirms that so many people now have cancer and this is just one hospital in one city. I know there are more in London.

    What I observed was how given up many looked and understandably so, but also how most were on their own. Having got the details of how the process works from the moment the medics find cancerous cells to the surgery or chemotherapy stage, there are numerous hospital visits.

    How many have relatives, friends or anyone who genuinely can spare the time and be there to support?

    What are the thoughts that must be going through the minds of those waiting?
    What do they truly feel being alone with no one to talk to during this difficult time?
    WHY is it that we do not make time for those who really need support when diagnosed with cancer?

    Once upon a time the C word was barely spoken about and today we have a huge dedicated hospital just for cancer patients.
    Is this telling us things have got worse and are not going to improve?

    Whilst the staff are doing their best it is clear that they themselves need extra support, but with such busy schedules and not seeing self care as priority, it does not get addressed and this was obvious to me.

    WHY is it that we never seem to think that our carers who do an amazing job need some help to keep their vitality levels on track?

  21. Cancer is a very serious life threatening disease. In reading about cancer treatments, both nausea and vomiting are serious side effects of cancer therapies.

    https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/side-effects/nausea/nausea-pdq?cid=eb_govdel

    We don’t tend to really look at any illness and disease and its effects and treatments unless we are directly affected through a diagnosis or we know someone who has.

    If we are to contemplate the fact that most illness and disease occurs due to the way that we live and our lifestyle choices, this would tell us that most of the suffering that we experience as human beings can be abated and even prevented and thus deeper questions need to be asked of all of us –

    Why do we choose to live in a way that is deeply harming to our health and well-being when life could be so different?

    Is there more to illness and disease that we are yet to discover?

  22. I certainly don’t know what goes on when having chemotherapy. I had a friend go through it last year, I saw and heard of the side effects that goes with it which seemed a huge onslaught to the body on top of the strain it was under having the disease.

    I usually get side effects from taking any medication, how it must feel to have such a strong concoction of chemicals in the body must be pretty horrendous to go through.

    This blog gives us the option of approaching cancer differently, offering an awareness in how we choose to live, the quality we live, that could be contributing to our health problems.. to cancer, which is so needed in our world right now. Thank you Simple Living Global.

  23. My husband asked our friend today why they were wearing disposable gloves to empty some tablets into a container and then pop them into the mouth. The response was that these cancer drugs are so toxic they must not touch the skin.

    It got us thinking – what on earth must they be doing to our delicate insides which we all know inter-connect and work together?
    How disturbing must this be for our body and what an assault on the natural systems.

    All this daily excess drug taking to kill off cancer cells but what about the numerous side effects?

    We got given a long list of what this person is currently going through and it confirms that the body is well and truly suffering as a result of taking these drugs to fight the cancer.

    1. It’s interesting what you say about those toxic cancer drugs. My friend was telling me of a similar experience – wearing gloves to dispense, then filling the mouth with water before putting the tablet in to reduce the chances of it touching and burning the tongue, then drinking loads of water to stop it burning a hole in the stomach (which happens).

      And the damage caused by the radiation blasts on the tumour – an open wound in the body.

      The brutality and toxicity of the treatment is astounding – what we put the body through to kill or abate the cancer.

      And the cocktail of drugs to then manage the symptoms: pain killers, anti nausea, laxatives for the constipation caused by the pain killers… on goes the list in a cycle. So many chemicals for the organs to process and clear.

      And yet it has become very normalised, all this: what we accept as part of holding on to life.

      1. And in talking with Palliative Care doctors and nurses, they know this is the case and find it difficult at times working in that environment where it is normal to offer chemo, knowing the damage chemo does to the body, and that there is little or no guarantee it will change the cancer, or extend the persons life, and if it does it can extend life to such a poor quality as the chemo drugs are so strong they destroy other parts of the body.

  24. In the news today another article linking cancer and lifestyle – this one particularly says that 13 types of cancer are linked to a persons weight – thats a massive indicator that the way we are living is harming:

    “Scots buy junk food containing 110 tonnes of sugar a day on special offer deals, Cancer Research UK has said. The charity said that equated to 4.3 million chocolate bars or three million cans of cola. It has called for new laws to limit promotions of sugar-rich junk food, which it said accounted for about 40% of food expenditure in Scottish homes. The Scottish government said it was engaging with retailers on action to offer healthier choices. The UK government’s department of health described current advertising restrictions on junk food as “among the toughest in the world”. Cancer Research UK said Scotland was in the grip of an obesity epidemic and that 13 types of cancer, including bowel, breast and pancreatic, were linked to a person’s weight.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-40872944

  25. A terminally ill woman in the US has been awarded millions in punitive damages for not being warned of the risks of ovarian cancer from talcum powder use.

    I was reading about the studies done on whether there is a link between talcum powder and ovary cancer.

    When we look for these reasons, do they bring us peace? Do they present the full picture?

    Do we stop there, or is there more to see?

  26. A new cancer drug in the news today – £367,000….Whilst I wouldn’t want to stop treatments going forward in any way I do wonder where the NHS can find the funding for this when the NHS doesn’t have enough staff or resources at the moment.

    “The US has approved the first treatment to redesign a patient’s own immune system so it attacks cancer. The regulator – the US Food and Drug Administration – said its decision was a “historic” moment and medicine was now “entering a new frontier”. The company Novartis is charging $475,000 (£367,000) for the “living drug” therapy, which leaves 83% of people free of a type of blood cancer. Doctors in the UK said the announcement was an exciting step forward.
    The living drug is tailor-made to each patient, unlike conventional therapies such as surgery or chemotherapy. It is called CAR-T and is made by extracting white blood cells from the patient’s blood. The cells are then genetically reprogrammed to seek out and kill cancer.The cancer-killers are then put back inside the patient and once they find their target they multiply.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41094990

  27. Following another visit yesterday to a London hospital with over 40 consultation rooms, all for cancer patients, it is a worrying sign that things are getting worse.

    Many in the huge waiting area were on their own and it makes me wonder how they must be feeling with no support or someone to hold their hand.

    I questioned how are the actual staff feeling and what is their level of self care and how are their vitality levels on a daily basis?

    Are they receiving the support they truly need or is it what we hear in the news – super long hours, crazy shifts and low pay?

    1. “Many in the huge waiting area were on their own and it makes me wonder how they must be feeling with no support or someone to hold their hand.”

      This makes me wonder whether we are taking this illness and its impact too lightly. Has it become so much the norm that you just pootle along to the hospital for your cancer appointment as if you were going down to the dentist?

      My friend went for some of his treatment by himself and on one of the days got sent to get a prescription at a far away place. He didn’t realise til he got there that he was feeling hugely fragile and he collapsed there with noone to support him but strangers (who were lovely).

      Having someone ‘to hold your hand’ feels huge and the way it is written in your post, Bina, means I can feel how much it matters and how much it means – to help those around us in that way, even if they say they can manage by themselves.

  28. A family friend has aggressive Leukaemia.

    She was initially feeling okay about it – philosophical. However, the treatment is so intrusive and unrelenting that she is now suffering hugely, mentally and emotionally.

    The constant injections and tubes. The fight to find a vein. Shaving her hair off. The painful treatment. No rest. An unlikely success rate.

    It brings me back to the question of Why?
    Someone is seriously ill – ill to their blood and their bones.
    Why do we fight so hard to hold on to some more months of life when there is zero quality and so much anguish and pain?

    Are we given and considering the choices in a balanced way about whether or not to go forward with all the treatments in these sorts of cases?
    Or is it a conveyor belt of ‘this is just what we do’?

    Life at any cost?

  29. We seem to have a World Day for everything. Is it designed to make us think just for one day, in the case of World Cancer Day about our health.

    – Why are we not taking care of ourselves on a daily basis.?
    – Why do we wait until we get a terminal/serious illness to pay attention to our health.
    – Why are we IGNORING the soaring rates of cancer?
    – Why do we need a World Day for anything.

    Is it about time we wake up to the extent of the ROT that is plaguing the world!

  30. Cancer is one of our most deadliest diseases and people are being diagnosed at rapid rates.

    A few months ago I saw an ad in a newspaper related to cancer. The picture struck me as it did not match the seriousness of the subject matter. It was of two people having a play fight in mud.

    Would we not be wise to spend the thousands of pounds on advertising campaigns like these, on educational programs on lifestyle choices?

    Fighting cancer or anything else has never worked so what if we adopted a different approach and sought to understand the disease and earnestly find out what its root cause is.?

    Would we not all benefit if we pooled all of our resources together to find out why we have this and so many other diseases, instead of wasting money on pointless advertisements?

  31. An article on CNN, 24th October 2017, talks about how a Judge overturns a record verdict in a court case against a multinational pharmaceutical company.
    http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/23/health/johnson-and-johnson-talcum-powder-trial-verdict-overturned/index.html

    Judges in two separate cases have ruled in favour of the pharmaceutical giant, overturning large financial judgments awarded to plaintiffs who believed some of the company’s products caused their ovarian cancer.

    One woman from California was awarded $417 million.
    Another woman from Alabama was awarded $72 million.

    In the California case, which was decided by a jury, the woman testified that she had been using talcum powder as a regular part of her feminine hygiene routine for more than 50 years since she was 11. She developed ovarian cancer and stopped using the powder in 2016 after she read a news story about another woman who used it and had ovarian cancer.

    The woman was granted an expedited trial as her medical situation was grave and she has since died. The jury awarded her $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages, the largest verdict to date in the cases that have been heard against the company on these products.

    A Los Angeles Supreme Court Judge reversed the jury’s ruling and granted the company’s motions for a new trial.

    The judge said, “There was an insufficiency of the evidence as to the causation as to both defendants”, and ruled that there was an error in law occurring at trial and misconduct of the jury, which led to excessive damages.

    In the case of the $72 million award, the verdict was reversed due to ‘jurisdictional reasons’.

    The science on talc and its relationship to ovarian cancer has produced a mix of results over the years. The possible link may have first surfaced in a 1971 study that mentioned a relationship after a scientist found talc particles in ovarian tumours.

    Since then, there has been what the court describes as “an ongoing debate” in the scientific and medical community as to whether talc usage may cause ovarian cancer.

    The International agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organisation (WHO), classifies the genital use of talc-based body products as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

    The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention does not list talc as an ovarian cancer risk.

    Some studies have seen a modest risk.

    The US National Toxicology Program, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, has not fully reviewed talc as a possible carcinogen, according to the American Cancer Society, which says it is not clear whether the products increase a person’s cancer risk.

    Some talc-based powders carry a warning label that mentions the possible risk of ovarian cancer after frequent applications in the female genital area. Several talc-based powders do not.

    At least 4,800 separate cases are pending against this multinational pharmaceutical company in courtrooms across the country, with several based in California.

    There are millions of women and men that use talc-based products but only a small percentage are claiming they have cancer because of talc.

    The evidence that talc-based products cause cancer is very small but yet there are thousands of cases brought against companies that manufacture these products – Why is this?

    Is it possible that companies like this are seen as an easy target with lots of money?

    Is it possible that human emotion became a factor with the jury’s decision?

    Is it possible that the jury had already decided that pharmaceutical giant were guilty and wanted them to pay?

    We have a tendency to always want a reason why we have cancer, whether its talc in this case, the sun, the microwave or any other ‘something’.

    But, is it possible that cancer, like any other illness or disease, is caused by ourselves?

    Is it possible that cancer or any other illness or disease is caused by the way we live our everyday lives?

    If we saw illness and disease in this way, is it possible that we would take more responsibility for ourselves?

  32. Thank you for posting this super important comment Tim. I was left aghast reading it and felt compelled to read it a few times to comprehend the enormity of what you were reporting.

    How can we really blame talc for cancer?

    Is this a form of reductionism?

    When we reduce something to a particular ‘answer’ we are not assessing the whole circumstances and so we are reducing and limiting our view of what the situation is about and how it has arisen.

    What about the millions of women and men that use talc based products and are not diagnosed with cancer? If talc is the cause, how do we then explain those that don’t get cancer?

    Could it be possible that there are lifestyle factors that cause cancer, that if we looked deeper we would find in all of those diagnosed, but we are not yet considering deep enough what these might be?

    Could the answers be here in this blog on Cancer by Simple Living Global?

    Is it too scary to really contemplate this because if we did we might see that we could actually make huge changes in this area?

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