Cancer Funding and Survival Rates-Part One

In this project I intend to examine how cancer survival rates has improved over time. This is to examine if the increased funding and donations to charities researching into cures/treatments of cancer are justified.

Cancer is probably the most feared and the least understood chronic disease facing the world at the moment.  It attracts the most emotions among people and it has the highest profile in the public. With the level of treatments, funding, research and awareness, new cancer cases are still rising yearly.

Globally, about new 14 million cases are detected yearly with 8 million cancer death are recorded. Experts believe that these numbers are to double by the 2030- a mere 15 years away, unless a breakthrough occurs in detection, prevention and treatment.

Going by the current trends, it looks as if the world might sleep walk into a major health catastrophe

The current trend shows we may have a situation where cancer, heart disease and diabetes kills over half the population!

However, cancer has generated vast sums of money that has gone into research and funding of treatments.  For example one charity in just one country- Cancer Research UK generated over £500,000,000 (£500 million) in the year 2010. Another charity Marie Curie generated over 130 million in the same period. This of course is money raised in the UK alone. These staggering sums would not be worrying if we were genuinely close to find a cure. Are these sums justified? Are we embarking on the wrong cause of action or do we continue down this line hoping that a “cure is just round the corner”. It is to this end that I have decided to look closely at the numbers. The aim of this project is to take a rigorous look the statistics behind the numbers and examine if the emotions that surrounds the generation of these eye watering sums is warranted.

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