Ep 71 – No Cure For Cancer

By | November 16, 2012

Tackling cancer myths and misconceptions. Why there’s no cure for cancer, why more diagnostics aren’t always helpful, if a positive attitude helps treatment, if awareness campaigns address the right issues, what is causing higher cancer rates, and how to make sure not to waste money donating to charities.

Ep 71 – No Cure For Cancer

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Further reading:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515569/ – Cancer risk factors

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/commoncancers – Most common cancers

http://progressreport.cancer.gov/doc_detail.asp?pid=1&did=2011&chid=106&coid=1029&mid= – Cancer rates since 1975

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/questioning-whether-psychotherapy-and-support-groups-extend-the-lives-of-cancer-patients/ – Science Based Medicine on positive attitudes/support/psychotherapy affect treatment outcomes

http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2007/10/24/does-a-positive-attitude-prolong-cancer/ – David Gorski with more information on positive attitudes and cancer treatment

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2 thoughts on “Ep 71 – No Cure For Cancer

  1. Matthew

    Down this way (australia) we have a thing called “the ozone hole”, and we make all our kids go around with hats on. As a kid I remember being tough about sun burn, but now I have (older, admittedly) friends who’ve had small bits of their face and head cut out for fear of melanomas.

    I’m looking forward (ironically) to the day when it’s me – as a teenager I used to spent many, many hours outside in the sun without so much as a hat, let alone long sleeves, or (god forbid) sunscreen. I pretty much assume I’m going to pay for that one day. Nyeah – something’s gotta get ya.

    When I go outside for any extended period now, I’m one of those people who slaps the sunscreen on until I look like a snowman :-)

    There has been a truly astonishing cultural shift in australia since, let’s say, the 80′s. It’s rare to find anyone who doesn’t take UV seriously now.

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  2. Jesse Dybka Post author

    I’ve never really worn sunscreen or gotten anything other than a tan, so I’m trying to be better at protecting myself nowadays as well, although I’m not great without any short-term disincentives like Lobster Man Tim Wilson has.

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