Letters to editor

What’s taking so long to cure cancer?

By From page A11 | January 17, 2014

There is skepticism that the medical establishment is “Supporting the Cure,” which breast cancer advocates promote in their national public-relations campaign.

In fact, skeptics are left to wonder why so-called specialized medicine is taking so long, since breast cancer numbers are overwhelming, both nationwide and worldwide. But consider that underreporting and underperforming dermatology clinicians are almost silent about the lack of skin cancer tools available to prevent skin cancers. Instead of scientific breakthroughs, the advances seem to be skin tech promotions that benefit anti-aging trends. Is this the new Avon Lady in clinical white coats over fashion-trendy clothing?

Not enough. Upgrading scientific development and research will promote a more-confident response for those with cancer. Then, when cures are mostly evident, we can say: Go ahead, flaunt it.

Frances Von Koenig


Letter to the Editor


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  • The MisterJanuary 17, 2014 - 5:54 am

    Easy answer there, Frances. We've declared a "war on cancer" (actually, President Nixon did that.) Just as with our war on terror or our war on drugs, entire industries have been built up to support these wars... industries that give generously to politicians or are owned by politicians. If we "cured" cancer, it would have an crippling effect on the economy... scientists, researchers, clinics, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, insurance providers, lobbyists, and so forth, would be out of work. It would seem, Frances, that having record numbers of people die of cancer is a small price to pay to keep an industry alive.

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