Approx 40% people will have cancer at some point-are we ready for the challenge? Watch

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According to NHS: 'More than one in three people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime' http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cancer/...roduction.aspx

What infrastructure do we need to successfully address this challenges? If you have a private health insurance - do you believe your private health insurance provides for you the adequate coverage?
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So scary 😦
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(Original post by Zankou)
So scary 😦
Indeed Zankou and we have to be brave and stand up to this challenge of our day. We have the resources to do so [and will continuously improve] - the question is how we allocate and utilise them.
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We need to find a cure for cancer and diabetes.
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Situation today is much better than the past with regards to treatments but sadly the likes of small cell lung cancer are such big killers. We need:

1- Much better patient awareness and self cares- e.g stop the damned smoking already
2- Better and easier diagnostic processes to detect these things earlier
3- Much more funding into the R&D in this area for treatments/cures.

As horrific as cancer is, what puts the fear into me more than anything else is anti-microbial drug resistance bugs.
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So i'm gonna get diabetes and cancer, woo...
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So i'm gonna get diabetes and cancer, woo...
Throw in high blood pressure for me as well based on my family history.
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According to NHS: 'More than one in three people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime' http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cancer/...roduction.aspx

What infrastructure do we need to successfully address this challenges? If you have a private health insurance - do you believe your private health insurance provides for you the adequate coverage?
We (as a species) are making great progress with cancer research and have drastically improved the survival rate to the point it is no longer an automatic death sentence.
The survival rate has gone up in the past 40 years from 24% to 50% according to cancer research uk. People are also, through awareness campaigns, becoming increasingly aware of the risks that can lead to cancer and the warning signs meaning that fewer people will develop it and it will often be caught earlier when it does exist and thus be easier to treat. Cancer research uk also sites a "two week wait" for diagnosis, which means that people who visit their GP with cancer-like symptoms are given an emergency referral to see a specialist and get it diagnoses (or hopefully not).

What we really need to do is continue what we're already doing, keep learning warning signs and risk factors, keep researching treatments and keep taking it seriously.


Cancer is a great example of how much we can achieve when we put our minds to it. It's not the only big illness or disease out there though and there are so many more that we are not yet putting our minds to in the same way.
Autoimmune conditions are an example of one of those things we need to look into more. Just like with cancer there are many many forms of autoimmune condition (as many as 80) which affect the body in different ways. The one I think you'd be most likely to recognise is type 1 diabetes which affects around 400,000 people in the UK (and growing at 3% per annum), but some other common autoimmune conditions are Lupus which affects around 50,000 people in the UK, Rheumatoid Arthritis which affects around 700,000 people in the UK and Crohn's disease which affects around 115,000 people in the UK.

Autoimmune conditions are caused by a persons immune system, for some reason, attacking and damaging healthy cells instead of intruding cells.
Autoimmune conditions are not known to be as fatal as cancer, but according to American Autoimmune autoimmune conditions are one of the top 10 leading causes of death in female children and women over 65 (in America).
Autoimmune conditions usually take a very long time to diagnose as there is no specialist for autoimmune conditions they can be sent to and it isn't something GPs are very aware of.

That's just one example, somewhat close to my heart, of another condition we need to pay attention to as well as cancer, especially as cancer becomes less and less deadly.
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