Why Not Prevent Cancer Instead of Treating It?

With advancing modern medicine, more and more people are focused on curing diseases than preventing them.

Why do you need to fear cancer if there is a treatment? Why do we need to watch what we eat if we can surgically remove fat? Why do we need to take care of our heart and blood vessels if we can replace the damaged ones with new ones?

Because prevention is better than cure. Always.

We already have treatment available for cancer: chemotherapy. But is opting for chemotherapy preferred over opting to live a healthy lifestyle? Are the doctors visits, worries, money and time required by chemotherapy worth being able to eat a juicy steak, drink a thick milkshake and smoke expensive Cuban cigars?

Modern medicine is above and beyond medicine and drugs. Modern medicine also includes progressive medical procedures, such as liposuction and bypass surgery. But are cheeseburgers and fries worth the time spent in the hospital, the scars, potential danger of weight regain or another blocked artery?

The final question: are the unhealthy habits you engage in worth risking your life for?

Don’t be so base to endanger your life for a bag of chips. Don’t be silly and gamble your well-being on New York’s finest cheesecake. Don’t be an idiot and sacrifice your health for another drag of a cigarette.

If you aren’t willing to value your life more than a momentary experience, you can’t say you value your life much.

For the first time kids are expected to live fewer years than their parents.  They’re being taught to value momentary experiences of bliss over long-term health, happiness and vitality. Obesity rates are the obscene. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. Yet we are stupid enough to keep engaging in the same behaviors that cause these problems in the first place.

Modern medicine is incredible. It can almost work miracles. But not quite.

Individuals who follow healthy lifestyles live well past 100 years without the need for modern drugs and surgeries. Imagine how long the human life could be if we all extended our natural 100-year life span through modern medicine instead of using it to barely scrape by 80 years of life.

The health crisis is stalling further advancement of modern medicine. Because we are attempting to solve problems instead of simply preventing them.

  • Updated a couple of years ago
Sara Binde

Sara is a health and nutrition coach. She advocates for a whole foods plant-based lifestyle and teaches the world how to achieve weight loss.