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READ — WHY FIGHTING CANCER MATTERS EVERYWHERE
By Nathan Grey, MPH, National vice president of global health for the American Cancer Society.
For many years, global health has been associated with diseases like HIV/AIDS and malaria. And rightly so. These diseases present significant threats to health around the world. But they aren't the only major killers. In fact, they're not even the leading killers anymore! Today, cancer claims more lives globally than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined, and the death toll from cancer is only going to grow.
How can this be? Well, there are two major factors that affect the growing impact of cancer around the world.
First, we've done a much better job of controlling diseases that used to kill people while they were still quite young. Vaccinations, new medications including antibiotics, and prevention programs (like providing bed nets to combat mosquitoes and malaria, and clean drinking water to curb a host of other water-borne illnesses) have led to people living longer. And as people live longer they are faced with the diseases more common to older age, such as cancer.
Second, when people live longer, there is a greater chance that they will be exposed to cancer-causing agents - like tobacco - at some point in their lives. Longer lives plus greater exposure to cancer-causing substances equals more cancer.
'Reduce suffering and death'
For nearly 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been working to save lives and reduce suffering from cancer in the United States. But did you know that for most of our history we've also supported the fight against cancer globally? That's right, the American Cancer Society is one of a handful of organizations striving to end cancer wherever it occurs.
So why is the global fight against cancer so important? No reason is more important than the commitment "to reduce suffering and death" that appears at the heart of our mission. Cancer doesn't recognize geographic boundaries; it doesn't stop at the border. We live in an interconnected world.
The Society is working throughout the world to make sure that people everywhere know about deadly risk factors that cause cancer, like tobacco and obesity, and we are helping other countries establish policies to make their communities safer. The success in reducing the number of Americans who smoke through education and life-saving polices has had a direct impact on tobacco use in other regions of the world. As Americans quit smoking, the tobacco industry has gone looking for new markets for their products. As a result, some of the highest smoking rates in the world today are in low- and middle-income countries where tobacco controls are weak.
We've also seen the market for fast and convenience foods expand dramatically. Many of the production techniques and marketing tactics that were perfected in the United States are now being used in the developing world. One result of easier access to this type of food, which tends to be less-nutritious, is that obesity rates are exploding everywhere. Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980.
To combat these dangerous trends, we are helping other countries promote smoke-free environments and increases in the price of cigarettes in order to reduce the number of people who smoke and who may eventually get cancer. And we are helping to educate people about the importance of exercise and maintaining a healthy weight in helping to prevent and control cancer.
Once, not too long ago, cancer was a death sentence. Today, we have more opportunities than ever to save lives. We have vaccines for Hepatitis B, which is associated with liver cancer, and human papillomavirus (HPV), which is responsible for most cases of cervical cancer. We have effective screening tests for breast, colon, and cervical cancers. We have treatments for cancer that are getting better and better.
The tools at our disposal are powerful and effective. Some are ready to be used worldwide right now. For instance, we are teaching and funding patient groups in Brazil to advocate for better breast cancer screening and treatment; we're doing economic research on the impact of tobacco on South African communities and in their general society; in India, we've partnered with an organization to help people quit tobacco, assisting with training, offering culturally-relevant materials, and helping strengthen community involvement and advocacy efforts to change laws regarding tobacco; also in India, we're providing technical support and funding for patient navigation, particularly important because of their large underserved communities.
Certain issues like tobacco require a global solution. You can't fight a multinational industry in just one country and succeed. The stronger the tobacco industry is abroad, the more resources it has to advance its interests everywhere, including the United States. In addition, as the world becomes more interconnected, our work in other regions of the world becomes more important to us at home. For example, research and interventions conducted in other countries can give us insight into new ways to reach immigrant and underserved communities in the United States.
We have the knowledge to help prevent and effectively treat many cases of cancer around the world; we simply need the will to do so.
07:00 PM in Advocacy | Permalink
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09 July 2012 at 12:35 AM
Excellent advice here, indnucilg the last bit. Considering dropping alcohol as well. Dropped my beloved tobacco 2 years ago and its been great, but my experiments with not drinking for a few months have delivered mixed results. I've been testing another plan for the last 3 weeks: drinking the ideal number of drinks. I've set a rule that I can (and should) have 2 drinks of good wine every evening. It's been working out exceptionally well so far we'll see.
07 July 2012 at 01:18 PM
Lady Layla happy day to see some of my most favorite work diroasctitns (e.g. the writers of TLC) in my cozy little mountain town! Gorgeous here, eh? Agree on the vertigo. I was last in the Barn when I was preggers and after dizzingly sauntering around, I threw up behind a lovely cast iron stove. Sad. But true. So when you guys are in town again, please come stay at our little family treehouse just south of the city. Free place to stay: checkTwo adorable little blonde girls to play with: checkLots of walls to look at and inspire me with ideas for: absolutely check.Watching snowfall by the chiminea, sipping lattes, and oggling the free stack of inspiring mags together: checkNew great friendship to be made? Absolutely check.
07 July 2012 at 06:48 AM
Layla Thanks for posting your trip there! We hpeeanpd to go to Pigeon Forge for the weekend after you posted your trip and I was JACKED!!! SO, I talked my honey into going to Asheville for the day just to check out the place! It was fabulous! I left with some good deals that you can't find in the Cincinnati area!Also, next time you are in Asheville, check Luella's Bar B Que on Merrimont and The French Broad Chocolate Lounge on S. Lexington!! Best Bar B Que and Chocolate that I have had in a while.PS Thank you for your FABULOUS ideas and the blog is beautiful. I renovated a 1951 kitchen using your ideas and everyone in the neighborhood (who all have 1950 s tile 3/4 way the wall) are wondering why they didn't think of it. thanks again and good luck with everything!
07 July 2012 at 02:04 AM
Cartomisers are the best especially the low itsrseant ones. Grab some empty softtop 501 cartomizers, pull the top off and put a delrin driptip on it and you can drip 9 or so drops quickly and easy. Its sooo much better than dripping into a standard 501 cartridge
20 April 2012 at 02:02 AM
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20 April 2012 at 12:51 AM
There were already legal rdmeeies for the afflicted users: sue for false advertising (if that was the case) or sue for selling a harmful product. There was no need to form a new, and likely unconstitutional, federal agency.
19 April 2012 at 09:43 PM
the oitids who the oitids who donate to charity make me laugh. if this guy won't steal the money, someone else working in the office will. but they keep doing it to make themselves feel good about helping others or to go to heaven (donation is an ongoing bank account with god, according to them)
18 April 2012 at 07:24 AM
Good luck ,Great post,y love you!
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27 March 2012 at 09:07 AM
Good luck ,Great post,y love you!
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27 March 2012 at 09:00 AM
Dr. Sellman,Thank you for such an excellent lcritae. I've been watching the Gardasil vaccine story play out with such dismay. Especially when the media so often attacks the supplement industry as unregulated (which it isn't). Look at how the CDC and the FDA are in cahoots with Merck just because Merck pays the FDA bills with licensing fees. I wish there was more mainstream coverage of this terrible story of vested interests taking priority over our children's health. Appalling!
11 March 2012 at 10:21 PM
this is awesome! i pray for those with cancer every day!
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20 February 2012 at 11:46 AM
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