While Dr. Rhodes is not the only researcher doing this work, he has already been making headway, and the BMED team has been publishing. There are practical ways to avoid cancer, and also ways to be better prepared to battle it if avoidance isn't successful... exercise, diet, life-style and so on are all ways to help ourselves... while the rest of the world goes on expecting cures. No matter what, even being cured like I was, has its downsides. Far better to avoid it... and if we can't avoid it we should think about two things... 1) being in better shape in order to withstand the treatments, and 2) help our off-spring totally avoid it by starting them out with education levels that allow them to understand how to avoid cancer... among other things.
Below are two helpful information spots... the first map demonstrates how the developed world has more cancer than others... life-style, diet and exercise may be a part of this. The second is a series of data points from 2010 that gives a reader a sense of the impact of cancer in a small population-base country like Canada... American? Well, just multiply these numbers by ten to get the approximate equivalents...
As I prepare to start my fund-raising for the Cabot Trail Ride raising money for the prevention of cancer research, I hope you will consider these points... yes, there are data that are even more damning... and graphic... but these ideas here, are meant to open our minds to doing something about cancer from a prevention, rather than cure point-of-view.
An estimated 173,800 new cases of cancer (excluding about 75,500 non-melanoma skin cancers) and 76,200 deaths will occur in Canada in 2010.
Probability of developing or dying from cancer
Cancer is the leading cause of premature death in Canada: 1,026,600 years of life were lost in 2004 as a result of cancer. This represents 32% of the potential years of life lost resulting from all causes of death.