We are slowly winning the war on cancer.

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    Oct 01, 2014 4:43 AM GMT
    Mortality rates have fallen from 215 deaths per 100,000 to 172 per 100,000. icon_smile.gif

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    Oct 01, 2014 4:08 PM GMT
    Interesting how the article points out that the longer lifespan of Americans allows us to live long enough to get cancer, the risk for which increases with age. People used to die much younger of something else, on average, from things like circulatory problems or disease, before cancer would be more likely to appear.

    The prostate cancer that killed my Father, and that my husband & I both have had, will affect about half of all US men who live into their 70s, according to figures I've seen. But fortunately prostate cancer is one of the easiest to manage & cure today.

    In many elderly men it often advances so slowly the doctors advise doing nothing about it, since treatment may cause even more problems, and not extend your life before you die of other natural causes first. No sense going through the trouble of surgery for it.

    On the other hand, my Father's cancer was aggressive and not caught soon enough. It spread and that's what killed him, not the prostate cancer itself. You may like having a prostate, but you don't need it to live. You do need your lungs and other organs.

    My prostate cancer was rather aggressive, as well, and advanced, why immediate treatment was indicated, at age 62. And 3 years later I'm still doing well.

    But as this article indicates, sufficiently early detection, and the latest treatment methods (I sought out the most advanced computer-directed radiation therapy that exists in the world), can make some cancers no more threatening than other manageable diseases.

    The main problem is that top-flight treatment is hideously expensive, not always available locally, and damn inconvenient for some months. Although treatment wasn't terribly painful physically in my case (the surgery a little), nor did I lose my hair or weight (I actually gained), feel nauseous or have any serious side effects except for hot flashes & sweats.

    I was incredibly lucky that: 1) I could afford it; 2) the best radiation oncologist in the State of Florida, according to every publication, was less than a 30-minute drive away; and 3) I had a husband and a network of friends who would take me to the clinic every day at 6:30 AM for my 6 weeks of daily radiation treatments.

    So yeah, I don't doubt cancer mortality rates are down. For those fortunate enough to have early access to top-notch treatment.
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    Oct 02, 2014 4:26 PM GMT
    Mums getting a mastectomy on tuesday, I'm happy its not chemotherapy though at 64 and a smoker she's not the best candidate for that kind of therapy …..I'm not really sure on how to be other than positive right now, guess we shall see.