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Cancer Treatment Abroad

I don’t know about you but every time I hear the word “cancer” I want to block it from my ears. As for saying the word, I prefer to refer to it as the “C” word. Over 1.6 million people suffer from cancer in the U.S. in 20121. This number has grown from 1.53 million cancer sufferers in 20102 – a 6.5% increase in two years. Cancer is beginning to reach epidemic proportions and it seems as though there is not much that can be done to effectively treat it.
According to the World Health Organization, “Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 20083.” The numbers are frightening and no matter how much money are thrown at cancer research, at least for the time being, this is one disease that seems to have us well and truly on the ropes.
There are many different treatments for the different types of cancers with chemotherapy and radiation therapy being two of the most commonly used. However, there are different treatments available, often in countries outside the U.S. – which is considered the leader by most people in all things medical, which may prove more effective than treatments currently available in the U.S.
As to why these treatments may or may not be available in the U.S., you would have to ask the FDA and the plethora of well paid lobbyists representing their deep-pocketed clients in the pharmaceutical industry for an answer to that. The bottom line is that the bureaucrats will fiddle as the life of somebody close to you could be slipping away due to lack of effective or reasonably priced treatment.
There are alternatives to receiving costly treatment in the U.S. though. For example, cancer treatment in Israel is first rate but much less costly than in many western countries. Similarly, there are many experimental treatments being developed by the highly qualified and lateral thinking staff of the numerous biotechnology start-ups that tend to proliferate in Israel. As for alternative treatments, suffice to say that the Head of Oncology at one of Israel’s largest hospitals has a private practice offering complementary alternative treatments. No doubt the cost of these treatments is a fraction of their cost, if available, in the U.S.
Cancer is a horrible disease but there is hope; you just have to know where to look.
Author Bio: Author Bio: Sharon R writes about health issues, and also an activist in creating awareness for cancer treatment in Israel.
References
1 Cancer Facts & Figures 2012, American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@epidemiologysurveilance/documents/document/acspc-031941.pdf
2 Cancer Facts & Figures 2012, American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@epidemiologysurveilance/documents/document/acspc-026238.pdf
3WHO, http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs297/en/

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