I have repeatedly said that there are no absolutes in medicine. Treatments and diagnostic tests employed whether mainstream or alternative do not give absolute certainty of efficacy and must all be employed with caution.
I have been asked several times how we can prevent cancer with expectations that I will be able to tell them with all certainty the answer. Because it is part of human nature to expect certainty, it is no different whenever I am asked about cancer prevention.
We have not yet identified definitively how we can PREVENT CANCER. What we have identified are “Risk Factors” or those things that may increase a person’s likelihood of developing cancer. The evolution of cancer is so complex that it entails many many factors that are beyond our control. Our genes/inheritance, age, gender and certain environmental factors are beyond our reach. However, our lifestyle is one of those risk factors that is well within our control and should be the focus of our risk reduction strategies.
By saying that we have not yet identified how to prevent cancer is not the same as saying that we can’t do anything. Nor should we just live as we please because we will all die anyway. There is a lot that we can do but we have to always keep at the back of our minds, that in the end, whatever happens, a good dose of surrender and serenity is very important.
The choice is ours. As a doctor, I have seen what can happen and I’m telling you that it is very unpleasant. The outcome for all of us if we continue in our current ways is very very ugly, very very uncomfortable and can be very emotionally and financially devastating, not only to the patient but the entire family.
Let’s choose wisely.