Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Help Needed In Catching Our Nation's Number One Serial Killer! ~by Legal Pub
It is time for all of you to step up and catch a serial killer. Why do you care? If you are a female, your odds of being a victim are one in three. If you are a male, your odds are one in two! Just last year alone, this killer claimed 500,000 lives! This serial killer is number one on the most wanted list but not enough is being done to end the slaughter. Let's round up a posse and develop an action plan now. It won't be easy, but with the help of bounty hunters, the public, politicians, the medical profession and all others, the number of victims of this serial killer can be reduced.
Reduced? How can we ever be content just to limit the number of victims when a serial killer is on the loose. No killer can be that elusive, or can they be?
How can we be so complacent? Because the serial killer is cancer and for some reason, folks are often too scared to do the right thing. While attempts to curb the serial killer known as "cancer" have made significant strides, steps have not gone far enough. Prior to his impeachment, President Nixon found time in 1971 to propose a national strategy to combat cancer. But what with the bombing of North Vietnam and the hide and seek games of Watergate, little was accomplished. Today, both cancer prevention and cures remain elusive. Furthermore, this is one case where overly optimistic views may actually hinder advancement of prevention, research and fundraising. Oh heck, why should I donate? After all, I don't even smoke. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
While more than $200 billion has been spent on cancer research since 1971, the elusive serial killer remains for the most part uninhibited. Cancer threatens to afflict a growing number of Americans as our population ages. Not all news is bad. Cancer deaths have dropped around 16 percent since 1991. However, the percentage of people diagnosed with cancer has only decreased by approximately 1 percent annually since 1999. More than 500,000 Americans died of cancer in 2009. Half of all men and one-third of all women will be diagnosed with cancer during their life time. Cancer will soon be the No. 1 cause of death in the world. "The increasing numbers and aging of populations, in conjunction with the dissemination of Western patterns of smoking, diet and physical inactivity, are already creating a global health crisis for many chronic diseases, including cancer," according to the JAMA report.
Half of all cancer patients will die of the disease. Less tobacco use has decreased lung cancer which had reached epidemic proportions. But obesity continues to threaten a future cancer causing epidemic. "We know that obesity is a causative factor, and avoiding it is so critical in this ongoing war," say JAMA editors. 24 percent of Americans are now senior citizens. An aging population will likely lead to more victims of this serial killer. As our population changes, we need to identify, detain and ultimately end this serial killer's existence. Now who is ready to help?