Health and Fitness

War on Cancer: Mission Not Accomplished

On January 3, 2006 Garry Betty, the CEO of Earthlink died from adrenal cortical cancer at the age of 49,  this announcement hit me hard as does every announcement of the death of someone in the prime of their life from cancer.  It was in the state of the union speech of Richard Nixon that the War on Cancer was declared.  Here is what he said:I will also ask for an appropriation of an extra $100 million to launch an intensive campaign to find a cure for cancer, and I will ask later for whatever additional funds can effectively be used. The time has come in
America when the same kind of concentrated effort that split the atom and took man to the moon should be turned toward conquering this dread disease. Let us make a total national commitment to achieve this goal.
America has long been the wealthiest nation in the world. Now it is time we became the healthiest nation in the world.
–-President Richard M. Nixon in his 1971 State of the Union address.And how have we done?  You guessed it! We have failed to make significant improvement in the mortality of most cancers.  Instead we spend billions of dollars a day on “defending our country for terrorists by sending our young people to
Iraq is they can get killed and maimed there.  So almost half of us will get cancer once in our life time (something I know personally) and many of us will die from it. But don’t worry, there terrorists will not get you because “we are fighting them over there so we do not have to fight them here”.

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