It is time for a bold new approach to the “cancer culture” as we know it. If our cancer treatment puts us at risk for the development of a second cancer, there is something fundamentally flawed about that approach. “Above all, do no harm” should always be our guiding principle in the treatment of any disease, and especially in the case of cancer. Research dedicated to effective new screening tools for cancer, and new methods of treating cancer early, before it has a chance to spread, are needed now.
Those of us who have experienced cancer as patients or as the caregivers of friends and family afflicted with cancer understand the overwhelming challenge it presents. While we cannot completely repair the physical and emotional damage inflicted by cancer, we should have higher expectations for the results of treatment.
Government leaders, researchers, physicians, the pharmaceutical industry, cancer advocates, and many other stakeholders all have a key role in promoting a safer, healthier environment, better nutrition, increased physical activity, and a new emphasis on prevention in cancer research. Working together, we will make significant strides in creating a world without cancer.