Fear And Procrastination Delay Cancer Diagnoses

Another report based on a survey that has no scientific gold standard basis, is filled with all the cliches (except save lives), promotes all the current myths and has not a word about primary prevention.

The between-the-lines message is that people must overcome their fears and false hopes that doing nothing might be better than doing something and to get to providers fast. The tale of, “If I only saw this patient a year ago…..” is the rationale given for denying that even when they do see the person at exactly the right time, things do not always work out for the best. It is a good way to blame the person for their cancer and failure to respond successfully.

The literature has many counter reports of over medicalizating, over diagnosing and over treating, some reports claiming that this trend is more dangerous than suspected. This survey of course will provoke the individual stories and experiences of many readers who will seek to make a point based on their personal story or experience. But the dead speak no evil and so again, we only get a slanted view.

What is interesting is that some people delayed seeking a diagnosis for up to five years. Interesting, but how do we classify these people according to today’s “survival” terminology and “survival rate” standard of living for five years after a diagnosis of cancer? Survival terminology conjures images of a person as if they had been concentration camp prisoners with tattoos on their wrists. The word “survivor” is loaded with fear, the same fear as hearing the words, “You have cancer.” Why would we have this fear if early diagnosis and treatment actually consistently were effective? Why do 600,000 Americans with this cellualr dysfunction known as cancer die each year.

Are the people who lived five years without a diagnosis or treatment “survivors”? Are they lucky? Did they survive because they did not receive care that might have killed them?

I was taught to ask who did the study and why? Please visit the Tower website. Its tag starts with “Hope…” and is now involved with 200 cancer volunteers to study drugs, drug combinations, new and redesigned treatment techniques for cancer. Without doing more research that probably means studying radiation, chemotherapy and patented FDA approved prescription drugs. But maybe they are sudying new drugs and other newer diagnostic and treatment techniques. But in any case there is something missing.

I saw nothing that indicated that this Foundation was doing any serious research into primarily prevention of cancer.

I hope that some energy by the Tower Foundation might be directed into new areas of investigation. What we have is not working, is too costly and sometimes is harmful. A new direction is needed if our children are to grow up in hope, not fear.

Source : https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/14/fear-and-procrastination-delay-cancer-diagnoses/

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