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A Fortunate Cancer

About 1987
My wife having recently contracted breast cancer, naturally I have been giving it a great deal of thought. Since such a high proportion (28%) of cancers in women are breast cancer and it is relatively rare in men, it strikes me that women are fortunate to contract it.

The reasoning is as follows:
The point of all this is that when a cancer INITIATOR establishes itself in a person's system, it will do so in an area that is amenable to its growth. Apparently in women, the breast area is especially favorable. If it weren't, then the cell would settle in another area that was; or there would be a more random distribution of that type cell in other parts of the body.

Given numbers 4 & 5 above, then cancer is less serious (if indeed "serious" is the right word) if it establishes itself in the breast rather than the (liver-bone-colon-lung, etc) area. In other words, if the INITIATOR didn't have the breast to go to, it would settle in an area less conducive to treatment. Physically (if not emotionally) the removal of a breast is far less traumatic (during treatment and post-treatment both) than the removal of a lung or a leg, which would be the case if the cell hadn't settled in the breast.

The theory is accurate only to the extent the INITIATOR that affects the breast would be equally as destructive in another part of the body. If it wouldn't, then it indicates a gender specific cell affecting women only (ignoring those rare cases where it occurs in men).

It seems to me the hypothesis should be relatively easy to check if there is a population where cancer exists but does not exhibit the preponderance of breast infection. If, in examining that population the incidence of cancer is evenly split between genders and generally occurs at the same rate, then it can be assumed the hypothesis is correct.

Additionally, given the advanced techniques in micro- biology today, there may be a way to compare the cells of a breast cancer to those of (liver-colon-prostate etc.) to see if they are the same.

While such information will probably have no effect in the search for a cure and won't change the incidence of cancer, it would ease the psychological impact on women. Many have an irrational fear of breast infection and have a tendency to view it as another "curse" they have to bear. If my hypothesis is true, then the "curse" is, in fact, a blessing. Having been infected with a cancer INITIATOR, a woman has a 28% chance of it settling in a less "serious" area or at least being more easily detected (earlier) and a much higher "cure" rate.

Note to Dr. P

Sloan-Kettering no doubt has a large data base on cancer in its computer that contains thousands of fairly complete case histories. The data base is undoubtedly being continually searched, sorted, collated and otherwise manipulated in the search for answers to this abomination. A problem often arises for the researcher in being overwhelmed with information (too much) or it's not in a format that is readily comprehendable. The answer to these problems is in programming the computer to retrieve the information for the researcher in a format he can easily/readily understand. Programming a computer is a very intensive, tedious and time consuming job. Consequently it's usually expensive. Which is where I come in. I write software for small businesses or applications that don't readily lend themselves to "packaged" or "off the shelf" software. Being retired, I also have a lot of time on my hands. I am offering that time to you if you can use it for searching the data base. I can write programs that would exactly suit YOUR needs or search for those correlations YOU deem important. In the past, you have probably put off chasing an idea because it would have taken too much of your or someone else's valuable time. Who knows when that might have yielded a valuable insight for you leading to a more effective treatment or some other benefit? I can design and write programs to do that for you or even do it myself.

It struck me while visiting my wife, there were relatively few black patients and a disproportionately large number of jewish patients. Does that indicate a genetic disposition, a financial disposition, or just an anomaly of the period of her stay?

Please, if I can be of any assistance in this area, don't hesitate to call.


End of "A Fortunate Cancer"



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