Mike Davies, Editor-in-Chief Ω
As of 2011, according to the Canadian Cancer Society’s published annual statistics, when you average out the number of people diagnosed and dying of cancer in this country it equals 20 diagnoses and eight deaths — per hour—and this number is only expected to increase.
This is unacceptable.
We can stop this.
I refuse to accept that cancer is how nature thins the herd of an overpopulated planet. I refuse to accept that cancer is caused by smoking, or cellphones, or hydro “smart meters,” or genetically modified foods or any of the other plethora of things that people blame for its formation in a body. I will accept that we don’t fully know why cancer happens and that we can figure it out.
I know it takes good people from the Earth before they’re done and that we need to find out why.
I believe if we can land a car equipped with our best scientific research methods and resources on a planet 36 million miles away (at the closest points in our respective orbits) and we can figure out how to lift a man 24 miles into the air and drop him safely back to the surface of the planet and we can create a pill that keeps a man’s penis erect for days, we can figure out why cancer continues to kill us.
According to a report released in January by Statistics Canada, the measure of cancer prevalence — which is used to study the burden of a disease in a population — shows that new cancer diagnoses are increasing, but so are the survival rates.
So while cancer isn’t going away — and in fact is taking hold in more people than ever — as a society we’re getting better at fighting back.
I fully support this fight.
I shave my face once a year in recognition and support of the fight against prostate cancer and other men’s health issues through a movement called Movember.
It’s not that I don’t support the fight against breast cancer, ovarian cancer, lung cancer, melanoma or any of the other terrible and terminal (or non-terminal) forms of the disease, but this is the one I can support with my face as well as my heart (and wallet).
So when you don’t recognize me for the first week of November because you’ve never seen me without facial hair — or at least have forgotten what I looked like for the first week of November last year — maybe think about pitching in so we can keep bringing these numbers down.
While it’s true that not every problem in the world can be solved by throwing money at it, it’s also true that research is expensive and that this is a cause worthy of the cost.
Contact me at the email address below if you need a guide to supporting these battles, but I’m sure you can find your own way and I will see you there.
I’ll direct you right to the place where you can contribute to my personal facial-hair-growth representation of the cause — but wherever or whatever your cancer fight is, I’d be happy to join you in arms and together we can conquer cancer.