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View Poll Results: What merits more research funding?
Cancer 39 69.64%
AIDS 2 3.57%
They both should be funded equally 14 25.00%
I don't know 1 1.79%
Voters: 56. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 01-10-2010, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Cancer:

- 11m people in the U.S. have cancer
- No cure, though lots of cases are considered "cured" by chemotherapy, radiation, etc.
- Cancer varies from almost-benign neoplasms (some forms of skin and testicular cancer) to grave tumors with a dire prognosis (e.g. pancreatic cancer and glioblastoma multiforme)
- Overall 5 year survival rates for some cancers: Breast cancer 89%, Lung 16%, Brain 35%, Colorectal 65%, Prostate 100%, Pancreas 6%
- Lung cancer disproportionately affects smokers; other types of cancer (e.g. brain cancer) have an unknown cause

AIDS:

- 1.2m people in the U.S. have AIDS
- No cure
- Average life expectancy after diagnosis about 25 years
- Disproportionately affects gay males and needle users (in the U.S.)
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:27 PM
 
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I dont know, perhaps the one that has a higher climbing rate?
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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No offense I think this is a ridiculous question. They are both awful disease that need to be cured, need the financing and the research.
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Old 01-10-2010, 06:15 PM
 
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Cancer;kils more people and aids is preventable by behavior. Many cancers are not.
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Old 01-10-2010, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I don't understand the question, they're both getting funding, and they both should continue to.

It's extremely interesting to read about the break troughs in both fields of science.
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Old 01-10-2010, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Europe
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Cancer should be the priority.
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Old 01-10-2010, 06:44 PM
 
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Originally Posted by texdav View Post
Cancer;kils more people and aids is preventable by behavior. Many cancers are not.
I wouldn't say AIDS/HIV is totally preventable afterall there was Ryan White and that woman back in the early 90s who got AIDS thanks to her dentist cutting his finger while fixing her teeth not too mention the many of babies who sadly end up getting AIDS ever year.

Double sad, both cancer and AIDS still have those stereotypes...have AIDS/HIV the first thing many think about is gay or drugs. Have lung cancer..its those cigarettes even if there is no shortage of those who have it, died from it who had never smoked.
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Way up north :-)
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I didnt realize illnesses had become competitions. I know funding can be competitive, but this thread topic subject smacks of judgement. I'm suspicious of the motives of the OP, and can imagine this disintegrating into a bashing thread.

I've lost many friends to AIDS related illnesses and cancer. Pretty much every one of them needn't have died, they could have changed their behaviors to avoid illness. I didn't think less of them for that, nor did I feel this friend should have access to treatment over that friend.

tvdxer, if youre genuinely curious, I apologize. I dont mean to jump down anyones' throat.
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:16 PM
 
Location: United States
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Cancer only because more people have it and more people die from it. I watched my mom wither from that beast and it's a monster that needs to be slayed. But there's too much of that sacred green being made off it. That greed will not allow a cure.
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:22 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Originally Posted by tvdxer View Post
Cancer:

- 11m people in the U.S. have cancer
- No cure, though lots of cases are considered "cured" by chemotherapy, radiation, etc.
- Cancer varies from almost-benign neoplasms (some forms of skin and testicular cancer) to grave tumors with a dire prognosis (e.g. pancreatic cancer and glioblastoma multiforme)
- Overall 5 year survival rates for some cancers: Breast cancer 89%, Lung 16%, Brain 35%, Colorectal 65%, Prostate 100%, Pancreas 6%
- Lung cancer disproportionately affects smokers; other types of cancer (e.g. brain cancer) have an unknown cause

AIDS:

- 1.2m people in the U.S. have AIDS
- No cure
- Average life expectancy after diagnosis about 25 years
- Disproportionately affects gay males and needle users (in the U.S.)
There are a great many people in this world who would vastly disagree with your summary of these two diseases. It would behoove anyone who has the world at their fingertips (i.e. the internet), to do some pretty heavy-duty research on what treatments are available out there. There have been many good, reliable, proven cures for both. But as long as conventional medicine makes BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of dollars on such maladies as these, there will never be a "cure" that will be accepted.

Such a pity that people must die unnecessarily.

20yrsinBranson
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