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Top Cancer Expert: 'I Am More Worried About Global Warming Than My Children Dying Of Cancer'

May 5 2014, 11:41am CDT | by

In the mid 1970s, only 50 percent of patients diagnosed with cancer survived for more than five years. On the latest statistics, more than 70 percent do. We laymen not only take this good news for...

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Top Cancer Expert: 'I Am More Worried About Global Warming Than My Children Dying Of Cancer'

May 5 2014, 11:41am CDT | by

In the mid 1970s, only 50 percent of patients diagnosed with cancer survived for more than five years. On the latest statistics, more than 70 percent do.

We laymen not only take this good news for granted but tend to project it into the future. Should we?

Put another way is there a sort of “Moore’s Law” of progress against cancer? In the view of the leading cancer expert Gerard Evan, the short answer is No. But there is a longer answer that is only slightly less cheering.

In a remarkably upbeat assessment at an international conference in Ireland last week, Evan, a professor at both Cambridge University in England and the University of California-San Francisco, predicted that the disease will probably be beaten within three decades. “I can pretty confidently say that my children will never have to worry about dying from cancer,” he commented. “I’m more worried about global warming than my children dying of cancer.”

As for a sort of Moore’s Law, Evan believes that progress against cancer will not so neatly follow the steady increase in computer processing power predicted by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore in the 1970s. “The effort to improve cancer survival rates proceeds in fits and starts,” says Evan. “It depends on several things, not least the continuing support of governments for research.”

Nonetheless Evan, a leader in developing so-called intrinsic tumor suppression, one of several new weapons in the cancer war, scarcely conceals his excitement at the current pace of progress. He comments: “I began as a cancer researcher in 1977 and for twenty years we were banging our heads on a brick wall. Then in the mid-1990s the field was suddenly transformed as we began to understand molecular processes. It is as if there were libraries all over the world full of books written in a language we did not understand. Now we understand that language.”

All this adds up to exciting new opportunities for the global pharmaceutical industry. A quick Internet search suggests that among the front runners in developing exciting new treatments are Novartis, as well as AstraZeneca’s Medimmune and Roche’s Genentech. Also in the running are Pfizer and Lilly.

 
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RM47mil KWSG contributions still unclaimed

Jun 9 2014 7:54am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

Cambodia's Famous Battambang Circus
KUALA LUMPUR: About RM47 million of contributions in the Teachers Provident Fund (KWSG) still remain unclaimed, the Dewan Rakyat ...
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6 weeks ago

Gold shop lost almost RM1mil

Jun 9 2014 3:50am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

"GOLDEN ASIA" Tokyo Premiere Press Conference
KANGAR: A gold shop owner lost almost RM1 million after after the safe on in his shop was broken into by robb ...
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6 weeks ago

Motion to debate MAS losses in Dewan Rakyat rejected

Jun 9 2014 3:39am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

The Prince Of Wales Visits The Royal International Air Tattoo
KUALA LUMPUR: AN emergency motion to debate the losses incurred by Malaysia Airlines last year, amounting to RM1.2 billion was rejected by the Dewan Rakyat today. ...
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6 weeks ago

MH370 Tragedy: Hisham: RM27.6 mil spent on 1st phase of SAR

Jun 9 2014 2:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia spent some RM27.6 million in its first phase of the search operations for missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370, said Acting Transport Ministe ...
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6 weeks ago

9.1m litres of diesel seized in a month

Jun 8 2014 1:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

INDIA-CHINA-DIPLOMACY-TRADE
PUTRAJAYA: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives, and Consumerism ministry has seized some 9.1 million litres of diesel and property worth RM58 million since mounting ‘Operasi Diesel Se ...
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Girl, 9, awarded RM2.78m compensation for medical negligence

Jun 6 2014 4:56am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

Government Weekly Cabinet Meeting
KUALA LUMPUR: A nine-year-old girl who suffered brain damage during her birth at a government hospital was awarded over RM2.78 ...
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6 weeks ago

Malaysia's total trade in April up 12pc

Jun 5 2014 11:52pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's total trade in April 2014 rose by 12 per cent from a year ago to RM123.86 billion due to growing trading activities, International Trade and Industry Mini ...
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Works Ministry to spend RM20m for upgrading works at 50 accident black spots

Jun 4 2014 11:35pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

Iskandar Johor Open - Previews
JOHOR BARU: The Works Ministry will implement upgrading works at 50 accident prone locations in the country that have been identified this year involving an allocation of ...
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Najib launches loan scheme for Ramadan traders

Jun 4 2014 10:24pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM - Day One
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today launches RM45 million Ramadan Bazaa ...
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6 weeks ago

Residents bring up objection against Kidex to Suhakam

Jun 4 2014 4:49am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: A group of 20 Petaling Jaya residents held a meeting with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) over their objection against the proposed RM2.2 billion Kinrara Damansara ...
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