“Global battle against cancer won’t be won with treatment alone. Effective prevention measures urgently needed to prevent cancer crisis” is the title of the last World Cancer Report 2014 published on february 3rd from the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer). Dr Christopher Wild, Director of IARC, affirms that there is no way out of the cancer problem if we rely exclusively on the actual medical approach. The attention is driven on more commitment to prevention and early detection to try to improve the situation that figures clearly demonstrate to be out of control. The statistics data are sorted and translated into following main statements:
1. developing countries with growing economies are affected by increasing number of cancers
2. access to affordable cancer cures would reduce mortality significantly, but this is not a premise for the population for a large part of our world
3. cancer increase is creating a big economical burden on economies of even the reachest countries
The possible ways out of this situation are identified in increasing of effective vaccination campaigns, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, adequate legislation to reduce exposure and risk behaviours.
So, in other words, what the report is telling us is do more of what we’ve been doing despite the fact that this has brought us to the actual situation defined as “out of control”. Let’s increase burden on the population and public spending through more vaccinations, more medical interventions and more legislation to control the behaviours of populations. It looks like a commercial promoting the actual medical and pharmaceutical approach. I can’t see a logical path between the fact that cancer is a problem for world wide economies and the solution to this problem is increasing the same expensive therapeutical solutions. This would be a perfect equation “invest more = less problem” if it could have been proven effective in our history.
In this document the problem is exposed with figures to prove that we have an “out of control” cancer problem and the solution is to improve the system that has brought us this far.
What can we do as citizens once we have come to the understanding that there are alternatives to the actual medical and “scientific” recognized cures that are being ignored and boycotted since decades? Can we still dream of a headline that may say “We’ve been doing one-way cancer research since 50 years and the situation is getting worse and worse every year”?
We need to broaden our perspectives. Are there other approaches that achieve better results? Can we dream of an organization representing us all when we read “International Agency …” on the top of a public document, or do we have to continue resigning to the fact that economical powers are keeping research and development concentrated on “cures” that bring stability in the flow of money to their own pockets? Is the money landing in these pockets not the same that increases public finance suffering? Are these not the same industries that increase environmental deterioration, one of the recognized factor responsible for the cancer problem itself?
Yes, we can. We can keep dreaming, but we should try to do it by opening our eyes and seeking an alternative way out of this long scary nightmare of “industrial solutions”. There is so much more out there, so many possibilities that are discarded simply because they do not pass the first requirement of our actual system’s approach: “how do I make a business with an innovation?”
We can have a look and experiment what nature is offering. We can try to restudy methods used in the past with our newest technologies. We can see if the latest confirmations of quantum physics about the relation between matter and energy could have interesting applications. We probably need to be more humble and change our perspective.
Let’s continue to seek a way out by open-eyed day dreaming… let’s direct our creativity conscious in all directions. We may find good alternative solutions. The biggest risk? These might be very bad for the business of our industries. This is a risk I suggest we should begin to take into consideration!