All living beings and body cells possess the instinct to survive, which is the basis of evolution in the long term. In the most basic sense, cancer occurs when that instinct to survive at the cellular level goes haywire after the body is or had previously been subjected to cancer causing factors. The tainted survival instinct in the affected (i.e., cancerous) cells makes them compete with normal cells by dividing without stopping and spreading into surrounding tissues, to the detriment of the rest of the body.
In that sense, despite extensive ongoing cancer research and what the multi-billion dollar cancer industry would like us to hope, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a cancer-cure magic pill. While it may seem like the cancer industry is running for the cure, it may actually be running away from the cause. That’s because there is money to be made and careers to be sustained in the perpetual pursuit of finding the cure.
What’s prudent is a shift from “finding the cure for cancer” to “preventing cancer”, most of which can be accomplished simply by focusing on lifestyle changes like losing weight, exercising, eating sensibly and moderately, minimizing stress, abstaining from smoking, minimizing or abstaining from alcohol consumption, getting enough sleep, minimizing consumption of food additives and preservatives, minimizing intake of medicines and vitamins, avoiding tanning booths and excessive sun exposure, minimizing consumption of processed food, sugar, salt, etc.
For the sake of curtailing cancer, the suggested shift in focus from “cure” to “prevention” makes sense and should be pursued, even though it may not make cents for the multi-billion dollar cancer industry.