Last year, SciShow, a YouTube Channel featuring Hank Green, posted a video called “Why We Haven’t Cured Cancer.” In light of recent events (David Bowie, Alan Rickman), I thought I’d share it.
Hank says that people need to stop asking about the cure for cancer because “If every tumor worked the same, we would probably by now have that magic bullet that we needed.” He also says that we have to treat cancer as if it is hundreds of different diseases.
And while it seems like no progress has been made toward treating cancer, for almost 3000 years not a single step was made. “For 3,000 years or more, this disease has been known to the medical profession. And for 3,000 years and more, humanity has been knocking at the door of the medical profession for a “cure.” – Fortune, March 1937
In 1950, the word cancer could not be published in the New York Times. Now, cancer research is in every hospital, publishing research on brand new personalized medicine and genomic therapy. Chemotherapy’s first major trial was tested on 16 children. The 10 that stayed alive for 4-6 months were considered miracles.
If you think about how hard it is now to treat cancer, look back and see how far we’ve come. Then look to the future and see how much farther we have to go.
Information from: Cancer, The Emporer of All Maladies, a Must-Read
(There is also a movie version on Netflix)
I highly recommend you watch the video.