Conventional cancer treatments involve three high risk and often painful treatments. Radiation, chemotherapy and surgery are all major procedure that have significant side effects. Few patients decline any of these treatment options if they are diagnosed with cancer, especially if the cancers are given a diagnosis of stage III or stage IV. The fact that the diagnostics may have been in error has rarely been considered.
Sayer Ji, founder of Green Med Info released an article on April 18, 2016 titled “‘Oops…It Wasn’t Cancer After All,’ Admits The National Cancer Institute/JAMA.” There was an evaluation done by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 1912 that concluded that many people were treated for cancer that did not require any of the usual cancer treatments. They suffered unnecessary pain, major expensive treatments, and often were harmed by these procedures that could have been avoided.
When oncologists tell patients that they have cancer, most patients will accept the diagnosis and follow the oncologists’ protocols. Many oncologists will refuse to treat patients that refuse to follow the MD’s advice on which treatments are required. However, the NCI study showed that many diagnoses of cancer falsely indicated that a benign tumor or slow developing cancer required surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.
Two of the major areas of misdiagnosis are breast cancer for women and prostate cancer for men. The women often have lumps detected by mammograms or self-examination, and then “confirmed” by MRIs. The lumps were non-cancerous according to the NCI study for over 1,300,000 patients during a period of thirty years. Prostate cancer in elderly men is fairly common, with many men never progressing beyond early stage prostate cancer before dying of other causes not related to cancer.
According to a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the screening process and follow-up procedures have not reduced the mortality for many different types of cancer. The inability of screening procedures to detect fast growing cancers in the earliest stages is a major factor in the lack of success in lowering cancer mortality. New procedures that use blood tests and genetic screening are helping detect cancers that are in early stages, or cancers that are likely to occur, but have not shown signs of appearance in the body.
Preventing cancer should be given at least equal financial support as is provided for curing cancer. Diet, exercise, stress management, and overall support of the immune system are all proven to be significant in preventing cancer. Cancer prevention requires a comprehensive approach that includes protection of the food, water and air from carcinogens and food additives. Education that is focused on encouraging regular exercise and stress management is also important. For those that have genetic markers for breast, colon and prostate cancers, etc. there is a need for frequent non-invasive diagnostic testing.
While the slogan “One Goal, Cure Cancer” is popularly promoted, the more beneficial course in in cancer prevention, not cancer cures. The public should be educated on prevention, and question diagnoses that lead to the cut, poison, or burn treatments of conventional cancer treatment. The approach for cancer treatment in the US needs to be evaluated and redirected based upon other proven methods used in foreign cancer treatment centers. In the end, cancer prevention is much more productive than cancer cures, whatever diagnostic tests are used to detect potential cancers.