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Do you believe we will find a cure for cancer?

Cancer is one of the most visible and common diseases in the world.

Scarcely anyone isn’t affected by cancer in some way, whether by being diagnosed themselves or knowing a friend, family member or colleague who has been.

In the UK, there are over 350,000 new cases of cancer a year. While the survival rate is much higher than it once was – right now the chances of surviving for 10 or more years is 50% – too many people still lose their lives to this tragic disease.

Charities like Cancer Research UK spend a huge amount of money on research – more than £432 million was funnelled towards research projects in 2016/17.

With so much resource around the world devoted to understanding cancer and providing better treatment options, many people believe it’s only a matter of time before we find a cure.

Others are not so sure – cancer itself isn’t a single disease, but a class of diseases characterised by an out of control cell growth. It can start almost anywhere in the human body.

While we understand many contributing factors – harmful things like smoking and excessive drinking, for example – no one trigger means to a certain extent every person’s experience with cancer and treatment is unique.

Today at Speakers Corner we’re asking: do you believe we will find a cure? Or will it be a matter of finding more effective treatments? What do you think research should be focused on?

Do you believe we will find a cure for cancer?

80 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Yes No

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RaymondR
31st Dec 2017
0
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There is already cancer cures but why let people know when we give billions in donations and gifts.
A nasty ailment of which my mother died and my friends are suffering,
Just wish they would use these alternative "medicines"
Mercurman
21st Nov 2017
0
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I worked for a large medical research foundation for many years, and the doctors (2 of which won the Nobel prize) agreed that there will not be a cure until they find a way to make as much money by curing as they make from treatment.

You can cure something only once, but you can treat it forever.
Alicia
6th Nov 2017
0
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Yes but not for a very long time.
britishtea
5th Nov 2017
1
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But I also think we should have better treatments
jeanmark
5th Nov 2017
0
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What do you mean by better treatments britishtea?
jeanmark
4th Nov 2017
0
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In my 47 years as a nurse I saw so much progress in treatments that I do believe eventually a 'cure' will be found for some of the most common cancers. Over the years cures or the ability to control many diseases have been found and thus I believe we must remain positive. Unfortunately people focus so much on cancers they fail to recognise the many other debilitating and life shortening diseases.
Irene88
3rd Nov 2017
0
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it will happen - eventually.
quietlady
3rd Nov 2017
0
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I think a cure will come, but not for many years. I think that now there is good treatment, for allowing people to have a quality of life and to live longer.
alisonmay
3rd Nov 2017
2
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I was cured by surgery and the prayers of the church. I believe God has a cure.
Nannylinn
3rd Nov 2017
0
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Scientists are making great strides all the time. We give regularly to cancer research as it effects so many people young and old. My husband had bowel cancer 11 yrs ago and is still here any healthy thanks to so many health specialists. He wasn't a smoker or drinker . Ate healthily so was just " unlucky ". Keep vigilant everyone and don't be fobbed off at the doctors if you are worried . Early diagnosis makes a huge difference.
Pam1960
2nd Nov 2017
1
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As there are so many types I don't think a cure will be found for all. I think we shouId concentrate on effective treatments. I also believe that if it has been proven that smoking causes cancer it shoukd be banned. Why complain about costs to the NHS yet still co rnue to sell the product. I have up years ago and don't care one way or another about people's choices but I think openly selling a product that increases the risk of cancer is irresponsible. More should be spent on the prevention of the disease rather than the cure. Lifestyle changes and taking responsibility for our own health is important. Not all cancers are down to lifestyle choices but if we eliminate the ones that are then more money is available for the treatment of others
DerekA
1st Nov 2017
0
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The short answer I believe is no! When there are so many different forms of cancer that inflict themselves on so many people and in so many different variables there can be no one wonder drug. That's before you get to how treatment is tailored, or attempted to be to each individual patient. Do I have a vested interest? Hell, yes, sadly my wife is going through treatment and surgery for breast cancer at the moment, surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy and ongoing treatment for the next 5 yrs at least!! I would love to see a one treatment fits all!!!
patcaf
1st Nov 2017
0
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Cancer is not a typical disease for which there is a cure. Each type of cancer is unique and requires a unique treatment. Yes we will develop better techniques based around gene manipulation but it is a very long time away. despite constant reports in the newspapers of a 'miracle cure'.

Cancer is a huge money spinner for drug companies, doctors and charities. Do they really want to find a cure and kill the golden goose? I suspect not.
shrew1742
1st Nov 2017
0
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Eventually.....YES.

But if the truth be known some other new disease will crop up further down the line which someone will have to find a cure for. None of us are meant to live forever, and if I become a burden to anyone I would rather be on my 'merry way'. Not yet though as I am only 75...... still lead a fairly active life, and hopefully good for another 15 years plus. It's my first year of retirement too, so I don't want the 'Grim Reaper' to pay a visit just yet.
GordonS17
1st Nov 2017
0
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Yes I do believe we will find a cure as we have done in the past with so many things that were thought incurable
Jo Kingham
1st Nov 2017
0
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Yes I think we will find a cure - there have been so many advances already and people are already defying the odds and living longer. I think we should be focusing more on the prevention rather than the cure. A fortune is spent on developing medicines to treat it but we need to understand what starts it in the first place. There are some known reasons but generally it feels like a lottery. I know the healthiest people who have been diagnosed and then others who still smoke, drink alcohol every day, are overweight and generally don't look after themselves and they are absolutely fine. Let's find the root cause as well as treating those with the disease - oh but the pharmaceutical companies wouldn't want us to do that would they - no ££££ in it for them !!!!!!
zelda
31st Oct 2017
1
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I feel that as genetic understanding increases a cure will eventually be found. Great strides in treatment are currently being made. Admittedly there are cancers that are still very difficult to detect and treat but advances in genetic knowledge must surely in the end find the key

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