Lifestyle cancers increasing
Posted by Pia på torsdag 9 augusti 2007
Now, here’s another one of my answers being talked about in the news. Kristina suggests that in the year 2055, we might look back 50 years and say: I can’t believe that in 2005, the state paid medical bills for those who had brought on the sickness themselves, for instance by being overweight or smoking. Now, the Guardian is saying that avoidable cancers, such as those caused by sunbathing, smoking or obesity are increasing. Melanoma has risen with 40 % in the last 10 years (which touches upon Maj’s suggestion: Can’t believe that in the year 2005, people sunbathed).
I am not sure how to feel about this. On the one hand, people know that unhealthy lifestyles are dangerous. On the other, I can’t imagine ever supporting a society that don’t help out sick people, no matter how they got sick. But if this is such an increasing problem, and information won’t help, what will? Maybe the best thing would be to ask people who already have these problems what would have helped them change course? I don’t know. Certainly, the big companies selling fat foods and tobacco using whatever methods are to blame. What else?
Sorry. This is a really irritating post. For the record, the food I eat isn’t at all that healthy. But I do avoid the sun.