Imagine a World Without Cancer

November 22, 2012

There are plenty of audio books out there meant to help people cope with cancer, whether they are dealing with this difficult and life-threatening illness themselves or they are watching a loved one suffer through the heinous results of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. This trend parallels the vast number of treatments available to those diagnosed with cancer. Considering that an estimated 1.6 million people are handed this frightening diagnosis each year, you can see why there are so many treatments and tools for coping. What is more difficult to ascertain is why, with 40+ years of research and more than $90 billion dollars in funding, no one has yet come up with a cure or even preventive measures for this growing epidemic, which is said to kill 1,500 people each and every day (that’s more than half a million annually). Instead, we rely largely on early detection and ridiculously expensive and invasive therapies to deal with the many forms of cancer that are attacking modern man. And at least one person wants answers.

Dr. Margaret I. Cuomo, a physician of diagnostic radiology with over 40 years of experience, is interested in finding a better way to fight the cancer epidemic that is crippling modern man. And she has her sights squarely set on the very people who claim to be waging war on this deadly disease. Her audio book, ‘A World without Cancer: The Making of a New Cure and the Real Promise of Prevention’, takes a hard look not only at obvious targets like the pharmaceutical companies that profit from the sale of pricy cancer treatments like chemotherapy (and all of the drugs used to deal with the side effects of the “cure”), but also cancer researchers who are supposed to lead their field, as well as those responsible for creating public health policies. But Cuomo’s book is more than just an angry tirade against the industries that are at the helm of cancer research; her real goal is to let people know that prevention is a real possibility.

Although some types of cancer are based in genetics and therefor difficult to prevent, it is estimated that a much larger percentage (a much as 90%, in fact) are caused by damage to DNA during the course of one’s life. The abundance of chemicals in our foods, our hygiene and beauty products, and even our clothing is so prevalent that people don’t even question it. And yet, there are far more cases of cancer today than there were in our parents’ or grandparents’ generations, despite a wealth of research and medical advances. Why? Because very little information about prevention is given to the public. According to Cuomo, the system is “fatally flawed”, and this can be interpreted quite literally, considering the number of people that lose their lives to cancer each year.

Whether you have a history of cancer in your family or you’re lucky enough to have escaped such a curse, this audio book is a must if you want to continue to avoid the big C. Research has shown that nearly half of all known forms of cancer may be preventable. You don’t need nursing, radiology, neurology, or Phlebotomy training to see that this is a viable avenue of exploration. While doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and even policy-makers may be tied to a system that has made little progress (but plenty of money) over the years, you and your loved ones needn’t suffer for their shortcomings. And buying this audio book is a good place to start.

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