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The Disease Care System: Big Pharma Reaping Billions from Cancer Patients

Cancer seems to be affecting almost everyone these days. Whether you yourself fall victim to the disease, or a close friend or relative does, it seems that cancer is everywhere. With all of the many fundraisers and awareness campaigns for every different type of cancer, it may seem surprising that in 2016 we are no closer to curing cancer than we were 100 years ago.

This, however, is not due to a lack of interest or effort. In fact, it is a result of larger players manipulating the pharmaceutical industry, therefore impeding the elimination of diseases like cancer.

Who Benefits?

Unfortunately, there are some individuals, companies, and industries that simply profit too much from cancer. Taxpayer money alone accounts for $6 billion worth of research funds that goes to groups such as the National Cancer Institute. If one is diagnosed with cancer, it is likely that medical bills will be upwards of $10,000 per month for treatment. It is estimated that by 2020, the annual total cost of cancer treatments will reach $173 billion.

The big pharmaceutical companies profiting from this disease certainly have no incentive to find a cure anytime soon; they benefit from the overpriced drugs used in chemotherapy, as well as the various medicines that are given to cancer patients to address pain and other symptoms of chemotherapy and/or cancer.

The outrageous costs do not even account for any additional treatments or “experimental” drugs that may be effective but are not covered by health insurance. Just one round of this type of treatment can cost thousands of dollars.

Although cancer treatment is getting more expensive, it does not seem to be improving in terms of efficacy. The average five-year survival rate for those diagnosed with cancer is just 65%. This means that over ⅓ of individuals diagnosed with cancer will live fewer than five years after initial diagnosis.

In addition, the rate of cancer occurrence is not decreasing: in the 1940’s only 1/16 people would be diagnosed with cancer, whereas today 1 out of every 3 people will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives.

Avoiding a Cancer Diagnosis

Because we cannot count on the medical community to be looking out for our best interest, it is important to take care of yourself and hopefully avoid a cancer diagnosis altogether. To do this, it is very important to watch what you eat.

Although the general public still does not know exactly what causes cancer, there simply has to be some sort of correlation between what we eat (especially what we are fed in school, hospital, and government cafeterias) and what is in our environment that has caused cancer rates to skyrocket within the last 75 years.

Avoid processed and genetically modified foods as much as you can. Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, which all contain beneficial antioxidants. Of course, do not smoke and limit your alcohol consumption.

Read success stories of others, exercise regularly and find ways to relax and de-stress. All of these factors will reduce your chances of falling victim to cancer and the big pharma machine.

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