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On April 14, 2014, I was very excited when I heard the news that Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. That day, I tweeted to congratulate Mr. Fagin and I was excited when he tweeted his reply ‘Thanks’. I tweeted to my followers that this was another win for The Nation of Cancer. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee had just won the same award in 2012! Continue Reading…

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On Saturday January 4, 2014, The New York Times published an opinion piece online in their ‘Sunday Review’ by George Johnson entitled “Why Everyone Seems to Have Cancer”.

I reacted immediately, first just from the title of the piece, which infers, at least to me, a ho-hum reaction to this devastating disease. It also, in my opinion, minimizes the impact of cancer on the population, my population, The Nation of Cancer. I read his piece but would not read the comments since I didn’t want my reaction to be tempered by the contributions of others. That being said, I apologize if my comments are redundant with those already posted.

George Johnson is a former journalist who wrote and published a book The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine’s Deepest Mystery in August 2013. I will first say bravo on the press coverage and the possible spike in the sales of this book. But there are ways to promote a book that are community building and ways to promote that are infuriating. His method appears to be the later and I am hoping there is a large backlash.

First of all, his article makes very broad strokes throughout regarding cancer, it’s impact, what has worked, what hasn’t and criticizes a plan for the future.

MY REACTION: Broad subject, simplistic analysis, pessimistic. Continue Reading…

I am a 56-year-old woman living in California, and I have had multiple cancers. My daughter has had cancer. Many family members and friends have died of cancer and even more have been treated for it.

Everywhere I turn I know someone who knows a child just diagnosed, a sister, a father. You get the point!

The point is – is that CANCER is an epidemic!

THE INCIDENCE OF CANCER

Below is a map of global cancer incidence.

Cancer Incidence worldmap

(Source: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/world/the-global-picture/cancer-overall-world). To download PDF see http://publications.cancerresearchuk.org/cancerstats/statsincidence/worldmap.html

I find it interesting that this website and chart present data from 2008. Where is the current data? It is now five years later. If I look at the World Health Organization’s website or the National Cancer Institute’s website, the information is from 2008 as well. I don’t want to allude to any conspiracy – but now living in the digital and information age, I have to wonder – isn’t this information important? Hopefully, there will be an update this year.

According to the Cancer Research Institute report:

“The incidence and mortality statistics presented here for cancers worldwide were taken from the International Agency for Research on Cancer GLOBOCAN database (version 1.2), which presents estimates for 2008 and also the World Health Organization Global Health Observatory and the United Nations World Population Prospects report.” Continue Reading…