Isn’t the world getting better?

More than half of adults are now expected to get cancer at some point in their life, research shows.

The risk is increasing so quickly that experts fear as many as two-thirds of today’s children will develop the disease.

We’re not dying of the other things on this list.

Just as an example, smallpox used to kill 20 million a year globally. So we could say that the eradication of smallpox has led to 10 million people a year getting cancer.

Sounds like a bargain to me.

11 thoughts on “Isn’t the world getting better?”

  1. When I first read this I thought I had been sent a get-out-of-jail-free card. However it appears I am still a one in three probability – my seeming good fortune down to an earlier expiration date than the post ’60 generation. The plus side of course is that cancer is more treatable nowadays. When a kid it seemed to me most everyone died of cancer – skeletal bedridden figures, writhing in pain.

  2. Bloke in North Dorset

    What Bernie says.

    Another big advance is palliative care. People seem to be able lead a relatively comfortable, almost active, life life right up to the point of death, whereas my father spent ages bed ridden and wasting away when he had cancer in the 80s.

    Still doesn’t makes cancer less of a cunt, though, especially of you get the ones where they haven’t sorted out palliative care.

  3. Bloke in Costa Rica

    I think John Brignell over at Numberwatch pointed this out: if you had a world where 30% of people died of cancer, 30% died of heart disease, 30% died of stroke and 10% died of Alzheimer’s and someone came up with a drug that completely prevented Alzheimer’s the Daily Mail headline would be “Alzheimer’s drug causes 10% increase in cancer risk, study finds”.

  4. Part of the prroblem is the struicture of the death certificate. It needs a ’cause of death’ to be stated. No real provision for ”gerneral wearing out’ . Or ‘can’t be bothered any more with medical care’ (not all that rare in elderly)

  5. My FIL’s death certificate attributed his death to Old Age, which was apparently a euphemism for the hospital giving him an infection.

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