I was listening to an ad on television paid for by the American Cancer Society (ACS). In an obvious attempt to solicit funds and give viewers the idea that the ACS is actually doing something, they announced that 50% of people with cancer have been cured.

Please keep in mind that the ACS supports traditional medicine, and is against alternative approaches to treating cancer. So how can treatments that involve chemotherapy or radiation therapy that kill all types of cells indiscriminately, be actually curing anything?

How can chemotherapy be effective for treating cancer if only 3% of oncologist would be willing to use these drugs on themselves or their family?

Let’s take a closer look at how they can arrive at a 50% cure rate. The definition of a cure used by the American Cancer Society, as well as the FDA and the National Cancer Institute, is that if someone is still alive five years after a diagnosis of cancer, he is “cured”. A person can die of cancer one week after five years and will be considered “cured” statistically. A person can be riddled with cancer, but if is alive five years after diagnosis, he is “cured”

Another device, such as that used by the NCI, is to omit certain ethnic groups who may be in a lower socioeconomic class, because their care may be different. They also do not include any patients with lung cancer in their statistics, even though lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women

Another tactic is to include types of cancers that are not life-threatening. This includes simple skin cancers as well as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) which is a pre-cancerous lesion in the breast which is 99% curable. This represents 30% of all breast cancer diagnoses and is included in the cure rate statistic of breast cancers that are in actuality life-threatening.

I would strongly recommend a book written by Tanya Pierce called “Outsmart Your Cancer”. It is available by going to www.cancerdefeated.com. The author addresses this issue of cancer “cures” much more thoroughly. I took the liberty of including some of the techniques used to give people the impression that we are making inroads in our war against cancer.

She also provides excellent alternative approaches to fighting cancer that are actually capable of providing true cures, which have been suppressed by the ACS, NCI, and the FDA. I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who has cancer or has a loved one with cancer.