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The Mortal Morality: Cancer & HIV-AIDS

Updated on June 29, 2009

Seventy-five million Americans now alive will have cancer.

Thirty seven million people currently have HIV-AIDS.

In most cases these diseases will prove fatal. The deadliest cancers, the ones affecting the, lungs, breast, and colon are no more curable now than they were forty years ago. HIV-AIDS appeared out of virtually nowhere just a couple of decades ago to spread like wildfire. There is nothing even closely resembling a cure, and researchers admit that there may never be one. Although countless billions of dollars are being spent on cancer and HIV-AIDS research, these killers are claiming more lives each year, and the only faint victory that medical science can claim is that they can now extend the lives of the terminal victims by a few months or years, before they finally succumb.

What are these insidious murderers? Why are they preying on mankind? And why are we powerless to stop them or even check their phenomenal spread?

There is a reason. But it is not the one you might think.

Let's analyze those two implacable killers and determine if we can get some measure of insight into their motivations.

Can a disease have a motivation? Let's see...

Let's deal with cancer first:

Cancer is a disease in which one of the cells in the body is altered in such a way that it prolifically replicates itself, producing millions of similarly modified, self-replacing daughter cells. These cells spread to other parts of the body and eventually become fatal.

But the reason why a previously normal cell suddenly becomes a cancer cell factory is unknown. What we do know is that it is happening with an incessantly increasing frequency.

A recent WHO report states that 12 million people will be found to have some form of cancer this year. It predicts that more than 7 million people will die prematurely from the various cancers. Furthermore, the number of new cancer patients could increase to 27 million a year by 2030, causing 17 million deaths.

In the past 15 years the incidence of all cancers has increased by more than 20 percent. Literally hundreds of theories have tried to account for its origin and spread, trying to place the blame on genetics, viruses, immune response, radiation, environmental factors,chemicals, toxins and a growing list of known carcinogens. Even stress, depression and other psychological factors are known to reduce the body's capacity to fight cancer.

For more than thirty years, tobacco has been known to be linked to cancer. Smoking is responsible for more than 90 percent of all cases of lung cancer and is a factor in oral, esophagus, bladder, pancreas and kidney tumors. Yet tobacco is not only a carcinogen when smoked, but also when chewed, in the form of snuff or smokeless tobacco. Excess consumption of alcohol is known to be responsible for cancers of the mouth, throat and esophagus. And if that wasn't bad enough, tobacco interacts with alcohol, each agent increasing the other's carcinogenic effects, so that a smoker can increase their chances of getting cancer by more than 150% if they are heavy drinkers.

Continued In:

The Mortal Morality: The Ethics Of Cancer

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