Exploring one of the top medical conspiracies

You’ve heard it before: the government is hiding the cure for cancer because cancer–and the treatments that go with it- -is a billion-dollar industry. Looking at the face-value of the situation, it is easy to see where that popular medical conspiracy theory comes from; cancer is indeed a booming business wherever you go in the world, and pharmaceutical companies are certainly making the most out of sales. But is it really true that we’ve had a “cure” for cancer for decades now and the government just wants to hide it? Not everyone is sold on the idea. SEE ALSO: Do you believe in medical conspiracies? Cancer affects more than 1.6 million new people every year, according to the American Cancer Society, and more than 500,000 people will die annually from a form of the disease. Cancer remains the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 1 in every 4 deaths. Revenue from cancer medications alone surpassed $50 billion in 2009, the year from which the most recent cumulative data is available. Why people believe the government is hiding a cancer cure One of the main arguments when it comes to this medical conspiracy is “If we can put a man on the moon, how can we not have a cancer cure?” Meaning, simply, that with all our technological advancements and achievements, it seems far-fetched we can’t figure out how to cure conditions that have afflicted mankind for centuries. Another common statement from conspiracy supporters has to do with “cures” supposedly found and documented. There are thousands of Internet sites claiming to have natural ways to cure cancer, many of these involving cannabis and other natural substances. These cures are always backed by personal success stories and small-scale or independent studies that seem to provide irrefutable evidence cancer could be eradicated if only the government would approve “this” cure or “that” natural treatment. Finally, the biggest argument conspiracy theorists have when it comes to this medical theory is that there is simply too much money in the cancer industry for a cure to ever be established. It only makes sense that “Big Pharma” wants to keep cures at bay so people keep getting sick and keep needing treatment. What the other side has to say As always, there are two sides to every debate, and people who do not support the cancer conspiracy theory have a lot to say about cancer and why it still exists. According to David Gorski of ScienceBasedMedicine, the principle reason cancer still exists is because it is not a single disease. Cancer is an umbrella term used for hundreds of conditions, each with their own unique set of causes and circumstances. The complex nature of cancer is exactly why is remains such a global health issue; each form of cancer requires its own research and treatment protocols. “Even cancers arising from the same cell type can be quite different,” wrote Gorski. “For instance, the breast cancer that killed my mother-in-law was a rare spindle cell variant, which is quite different from the much more common invasive ductal carcinoma that is estrogen and progesterone receptor positive. Indeed, even within individual cancers, different populations of cells can be quite different.” This individuality of cancer cases makes it seem less reasonable that a single, sweeping cure like cannabis oil could be effective. What’s more–cancer does get cured. There are many curable forms of cancer, and statistics show the number of people surviving cancer is steadily growing. According to research published in 2012, more than 13 million people once living with cancer were alive and well. In addition to reliable treatments already available, any physician will agree that most cancers are preventable, and the public has been warned time and time again how they can reduce their risk. Avoiding excessive sun exposure, not smoking, eating healthy, and managing a normal weight are all easy, free ways to make sure you never need to purchase cancer treatment. SEE ALSO: This rare tree may supply cancer-fighting berries Even the money aspect of the “Big Pharma” conspiracy can be debated. While cancer does make companies money, it also costs the government big dollars. Everyone can get cancer, and this means people who rely on government assistance use that resource if they become ill. The government is pouring millions of dollars into cancer research in the hopes that a cure will be found. If a cure exists that would treat all cancer, that doesn’t mean people would stop getting cancer; therefore, plenty of business opportunities would still exist. The bottom line? Deciding what you believe when it comes to the cancer conspiracy theory can be difficult. People want to believe there is a universal cancer cure out there, and if it is “natural” that makes it so much better. All arguments for and against “Big Pharma” can be disputed. It is up to you to decide what makes the most sense, and even then no one really knows the truth.The post Exploring one of the top medical conspiracies appeared first on Voxxi.

Are Big Pharma companies hiding a cancer cure? (Shutterstock)

You’ve heard it before: the government is hiding the cure for cancer because cancer–and the treatments that go with it- -is a billion-dollar industry. Looking at the face-value of the situation, it is easy to see where that popular medical conspiracy theory comes from; cancer is indeed a booming business wherever you go in the world, and pharmaceutical companies are certainly making the most out of sales. But is it really true that we’ve had a “cure” for cancer for decades now and the government just wants to hide it? Not everyone is sold on the idea.

SEE ALSO: Do you believe in medical conspiracies?

Cancer affects more than 1.6 million new people every year, according to the American Cancer Society, and more than 500,000 people will die annually from a form of the disease. Cancer remains the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 1 in every 4 deaths.

Revenue from cancer medications alone surpassed $50 billion in 2009, the year from which the most recent cumulative data is available.

Why people believe the government is hiding a cancer cure

One of the main arguments when it comes to this medical conspiracy is “If we can put a man on the moon, how can we not have a cancer cure?” Meaning, simply, that with all our technological advancements and achievements, it seems far-fetched we can’t figure out how to cure conditions that have afflicted mankind for centuries.

Another common statement from conspiracy supporters has to do with “cures” supposedly found and documented. There are thousands of Internet sites claiming to have natural ways to cure cancer, many of these involving cannabis and other natural substances. These cures are always backed by personal success stories and small-scale or independent studies that seem to provide irrefutable evidence cancer could be eradicated if only the government would approve “this” cure or “that” natural treatment.

Finally, the biggest argument conspiracy theorists have when it comes to this medical theory is that there is simply too much money in the cancer industry for a cure to ever be established. It only makes sense that “Big Pharma” wants to keep cures at bay so people keep getting sick and keep needing treatment.

What the other side has to say

As always, there are two sides to every debate, and people who do not support the cancer conspiracy theory have a lot to say about cancer and why it still exists. According to David Gorski of ScienceBasedMedicine, the principle reason cancer still exists is because it is not a single disease. Cancer is an umbrella term used for hundreds of conditions, each with their own unique set of causes and circumstances. The complex nature of cancer is exactly why is remains such a global health issue; each form of cancer requires its own research and treatment protocols.

“Even cancers arising from the same cell type can be quite different,” wrote Gorski. “For instance, the breast cancer that killed my mother-in-law was a rare spindle cell variant, which is quite different from the much more common invasive ductal carcinoma that is estrogen and progesterone receptor positive. Indeed, even within individual cancers, different populations of cells can be quite different.”

Hospitals treat long-term patients
The theory behind the Big Pharma conspiracy theory is that the longer people are sick, the more money is made from them. (Shutterstock)

This individuality of cancer cases makes it seem less reasonable that a single, sweeping cure like cannabis oil could be effective. What’s more–cancer does get cured. There are many curable forms of cancer, and statistics show the number of people surviving cancer is steadily growing. According to research published in 2012, more than 13 million people once living with cancer were alive and well. In addition to reliable treatments already available, any physician will agree that most cancers are preventable, and the public has been warned time and time again how they can reduce their risk. Avoiding excessive sun exposure, not smoking, eating healthy, and managing a normal weight are all easy, free ways to make sure you never need to purchase cancer treatment.

SEE ALSO: This rare tree may supply cancer-fighting berries

Even the money aspect of the “Big Pharma” conspiracy can be debated. While cancer does make companies money, it also costs the government big dollars. Everyone can get cancer, and this means people who rely on government assistance use that resource if they become ill. The government is pouring millions of dollars into cancer research in the hopes that a cure will be found. If a cure exists that would treat all cancer, that doesn’t mean people would stop getting cancer; therefore, plenty of business opportunities would still exist.

The bottom line?

Deciding what you believe when it comes to the cancer conspiracy theory can be difficult. People want to believe there is a universal cancer cure out there, and if it is “natural” that makes it so much better. All arguments for and against “Big Pharma” can be disputed. It is up to you to decide what makes the most sense, and even then no one really knows the truth.

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