Death from Cancer Doubling?

According to the WHO, this is happening! Below is an article which we just came across with some more info. There is no doubt that the ‘War against cancer’ is being lost, and that is not surprising given that intervention still is the main thrust by the medical community as opposed to prevention by being careful with lifestyle, diet and most importantly...daily supplementation with the right nutrients.

Even simple supplements such as our Omega 3 may help in the prevention of cancer! Dr Perillo will do a blog entry within the next few days with some new research in this area.

Other nutrients such as those contained in Total Balance are also believed to help in preventing cancer. The important thing is to act now…not, after a diagnosis has been made.

Here is the article:

Cancer could clam 13.3 million lives a year by 2030, the World Health Organisation's cancer research agency said Tuesday, almost double the 7.6 million deaths from the illness in 2008.A new calculation tool by the International Agency for Research on Cancer forecast that in 2030, new cases of cancer would soar to 21.3 million, and that 13.3 million people would die from the disease.

Freddie Bray, a scientist in charge of the study on 27 types of cancer, said that in 2008, 56 percent of the 12.7 million new cancer cases and 63 percent of 7.6 million cancer deaths occurred in developing countries.The latest data indicated that lung cancer was the most common type of cancer, while breast and colorectal cancer were the next most common forms of the illness in 2008.

The highest numbers of fatal cases were posted by countries with the largest populations, such as China, India and the United States.

In terms of proportion, North America, western Europe and Australia had the highest mortality rates.Bray said that this stemmed from consumption patterns of rich nations after the Second World War, such as tobacco usage.However, with tobacco consumption now growing in developing countries, mortality rates for lung cancer were also expected to grow in the 21st century, the experts said.

2 Responses

As often is the case when people interpret statistics there are misleading aspects.

Firstly, and in general, cancer is a disease of older people. Therefore as the world population ages in the West, Japan, China (due to the one-child policy) and the "developed" East, it is a given that this disease will increase proportionately. This age-group is apparently projected to be in the order of 25% to 30% of the population of those countries. Indeed the trend is reinforced by the comments in the final paragraph quoted. This of course does not include the Indian sub-continent nor the sub-Saharan portion of Africa – in the latter HIV continues to be a major scourge – of the sexually active young – before they can get cancer developing.

Secondly, as you will see from this link, the population in 2030 is projected (medium line) to be 8.5 billion compared to the actual 6.4 billion in 2008. I point out that with any normal curve this 33% increase in population would account for a substantial part of the increase suggested in the article you quote …. without any other influence factored in.

When these two matters are taken into account there is still a projected increase – but it is not nearly as dramatic.

Lies, damned lies and Statistics.

Murray June 20 2010

I disagree with the data you presented, the population is currently 6.7 billion (officially), although it should be noted that alot of people are NOT factored in these results – so it is more likely that we have alot more.
The point is that clearly we need to steer clear of cancer which happens to be a lifestyle disease which strikes everyone when they are weakest. Thus why we supplement to prevent those conditions from becoming true. Cancer can take place in young, but is rare, and mostly due to improper eating/sleeping habits and lack of exercise with a variety of compounding factors to bring about different types of cancers.
If you disagree with this then you need to read a book or enter a hospital and speak to some patients as we have had many in my family/friends, etc and we have plenty of doctors.

Also, I should probably mention, Dean you need to realize that this "war" we’re facing is almost at a phase of being won by us. You need to read physorg for their articles and see these medical breakthroughs on many authoritative and verifiable scientific sites, see the developing countries and recognize their efforts to battle these conditions every day.
Lookup pranayam and how its destroying cancers in developing countries, including western/european nations.
(IMO people are becoming more aware about these risks and have started taking precautionary measures to improve their health and lifestyles – though it’s not fast enough but we will get there.)
I think the future is positive rather than the other way around but we have a few challenges to conquer in order to achieve our further objectives.


mystic June 21 2010

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