It is estimated that 2,000 children die of cancer each year in the US, and it is always a devastating experience to see a young child suffer from this terrible disease. Childhood cancer rates have been rising, but the problem is that many childhood research efforts are lagging behind the focus that has been given to adults. Why are our children being neglected?
Profitability of Cancer Treatments
The truth can be uncovered in the business side of the medical industry, and the profitability of cancer research and treatments. Childhood cancer accounts for less than 1% of all cancer patients each year, which means that there isn’t a lot of money to be made by focusing on children. So, drug makers focus on the adult treatments instead, because there are many more adults who can use the medications… resulting in higher profit margins.
It’s Not about the Money
When it comes to health, the focus shouldn’t be about the money! The lives of thousands of children are at stake, and each individual matters regardless of the cost. It is difficult to reconcile the business of the medical industry with the Christ-like virtues of being charitable and watching out for our neighbor. In the Bible story of the Good Samaritan, the Samaritan didn’t worry about the cost, because he was only focused on helping someone in need.
There are other aspects of cancer education that are neglected as well, such as lifestyle changes and natural remedies that have been proven to promote healing. Holistic practitioners have discovered that lifestyle factors are directly connected with the development of cancer, yet focus hasn’t been placed on these natural solutions because the profit margins aren’t as big as modern medical treatments that can be patented and sold with high price tags.
So, it is up to parents to learn more about the options that are available for their family. Once you understand the importance of dietary and lifestyle choices for cancer prevention and treatment, you will see the importance of incorporating these changes into your home. As a parent, you have the ability to support your children and teach them healthy habits that will last well into adulthood.
Cancer Prevention in Your Family
There are many dietary and environmental factors that can increase the risk of cancer, and you should take a proactive approach to avoid these toxic things. By adjusting your diet and lifestyle habits, it is possible to reduce the risk of cancer in your family.
Many children are living sedentary lifestyle and their diets are very unhealthy. These are factors that can lead to the development of cancer. When these unhealthy habits are combined with limited funding for childhood cancer research, it leaves many families in desperate situations if their child is diagnosed with cancer.
For more information about dietary choices and household products that might increase the risk of both childhood and adult cancer, read Ann Malkmus’ book, Unravel the Mystery. You will find valuable information that can be used to improve the health of every member in your family. Also, check out our Cancer Get Started Kit to learn more about supplements that can be used to reduce the risk of cancer and help your body heal.