Cancer is the most feared disease in the United States. However, it is not the largest killer. It is feared because it is not understood. It is not normally a subject for discussion.
People talk about their cholesterol, their blood pressure, pulse or weight. They do not talk about breast or testicle self-examinations, hemocult tests, etc. Cancer is that unspoken word, that undiscussed disease, so the myths and fables of the past hang on. The horrors of primitive treatments and the astronomical failure rates of the past live to haunt present patients. By speaking openly about cancer in the media as well as person public appearances, the public is able to learn that it is a disease that might be avoided, probably managed and possibly beaten. There is no type of cancer for which there are no treatments. There is no type of cancer from which some people have not been cured.
Continuously getting this message to the people is one of the programs of the R. A. Bloch Cancer Foundation. The following are programs that you can initiate in your area.