Back in India, ‘cancer’ is regarded as the sickness for the rich. There used to be an era (like from the 60’s to 90’s) when cancer was specifically noticed amongst the rich class, or rather the class who flaunted riches.
Today I came across a flurry of news that says, 1 out of every 7 women would suffer from cancer. Well, my mom was on the verge of breast cancer. We had the tumours removed on time, and all by God’s grace things are fine with her.
The media reports are clearly designed to infuse uncertainty first, and fear second. Did you know that 1 out of 7 sounds very close to us, BUT in terms of %age it is only 14.3%? So, logically it is 14.3% of the world’s women who would have cancer; and this is based on the current trends.
Unfortunately, it is ‘current trends’ which are used to extrapolate future predictions and they tell us that by 2030 cancer deaths in women will rise by 60%. Does it mean 5 out of every 7 would contract cancer? Nope, but they only mean to say that if 1000 women catch cancer today, then in 2030 it would be 1,600. They have totally disregarded the rising denominator / total population of women.
It’s so dumb, that it is as good as saying “Pepsi is selling 1000 bottles today, and will sell 1600 by 2030”. Growing population means more consumers, more consumers means more sales. Big deal?
Reasons why these predictions could turn false:
- They are based on current trends: Trends change quite a lot of times in a couple of years. Rising commodity costs are certainly going to put a large amount of population on the backfoot while shopping for the ‘healthiest’ foods. Austerity creeps in, health dwindles, employees working in the healthcare industry get richer. So regardless of what the situation is, reduce the quantity if needed; but not the quality on the food you consume.
- Migration: Human migration is confirmed in 75% of today’s population (at least once in their life). Factors change, environment changes, knowledge gets updated – things only improve.
- God/dess: The most powerful force. We personally know cases where men wearing helmets died in accidents though they were not drunk, while the drunkards without helmets do reach home safely (though not all by God’s grace). My neighbor smoked for 60 years and did not contract any lung cancer*. He was not even rich to protect himself from the side effects of smoking. So last but not the least, your prayers to your God / any God (whom you have validated for existence); will surely work a very long way ahead in life. And before you start with recruiting a good God/dess for yourself, I insist on personally validating the existence of your God/dess regardless of who it is – Allah, Ram, Krishna, Shiva, Gurunanak, Jesus / His Father or whosoever you choose. And once chosen, stay loyal and faithful to Him / Her forever. They hate the change in our hearts, and we’re lucky if we get forgiven for it. 😉
If my sister had to tell me that she’s worried after reading all the pro-cancer news sounding as an assurance to reach every woman, I would tell her to relax the mind first; and to continue with everything that’s good (material and immaterial), promote goodness and most importantly to pray when time & situation allows. I would also tell her, that even if she forgets to pray for her whole life, then I’m here to cover her up for it. The media-induced situation is not just as panicky as it sounds, and clearly we must never allow such news to be enrooted into us – these roots grow deeper and mate with our beliefs and thoughts and acts and words! 🙂
So: Fuck you, dear cancers of all breeds. I know where you belong and unfortunately you’re a million light years away from majority of this world’s women as you always have been (i.e. 85.7% after taking off the 14.3%). More popular than cancer is migraine, supposed to hit 15% of world’s population. And so just like Migraine did not reach us, nor would the beast called cancer which is trailing behind migraine in terms of probability.
*Cannot take advantage of this and continue smoking, wondering that if God has mercy on that old man then so could it be for me. It’s all a game of checks and balances, maybe the old man balanced / offset it elsewhere unknowingly, which is why he got away from dreaded cancers.