Horrible Headline of the Day
Steven L. Taylor
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Via the BBC: Cancer ‘tidal wave’ on horizon, warns WHO.
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective.
He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog).
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Hey, sometimes cancer earthquakes cause these things, donchaknow.
Next up: The tsunami of tsoriasis.
Yeah, I read a little of this over at the Guardian. My immediate reaction was, “Just exactly who is surprised by this?” The longer people live, more and more of them will die of cancer. The body breaks down and everybody dies of something.
Is there a tidal wave “cancer” on the way too?
It was significant that they put the second half on this:
Apparently, the medical industry is scanning us more than they should for our health.
I’m reminded of Math With Bad Drawings: “Tidal Wave of People Living Long Enough To Get Cancer, Predicts WHO”.
@john personna: As someone who gets a full head and spinal MRI annually, wouldn’t surprise me that they are ordering more than are necessary.
@David in KC:
That’s actually the good one:
I just read something about over-use of CTs a day or two ago …
Unnecessary medical radiation driving up U.S. cancer rates, two physicians say
As always, one study should not convince, but … worrying.
I’d imagine this really only happens in the Tropic of Cancer, am I right?
It’s about what you would expect. With living standards going up along with life expectancies, you get more people living long enough to die from cancer, particularly cancer caused by bad life choices (such as smoking and drinking).
Sugar does not get off the hook …
Don’t discount this by assuming it is all age related. Specifically, don’t underestimate what pollution can do. The Chinese have a liver cancer rate 4-5 times the US average. The Indians have lung disease, including cancer, at multiples of the US average. As more of these people obtain acceptable medical care more and more cases will be diagnosed. And considering the amount of heavy metals making its way into the food chain in these countries, you have to wonder if their will be an increase in violence.
Christie, Clinton, Huckabee. Three disastrous possibilities. Wake up, America!
Do we really want a repeat of 2012? Third Party challenger, we need you!