Never stop fighting to cure diseases

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Raising money for cancer research is common, as it is with raising money for any other disease.

All money raised does help, even if it doesn’t seem to at the time. Getting as much money as possible is working away at the ultimate goal of curing the disease one step at a time. And Moose Jaw citizens have always been known for their friendly and giving spirit. What we need to take out of it is how important it is to never stop fighting.

On Monday, the organization Prairie Women On Snowmobiles made a stop in Moose Jaw for the first time during their annual eight-day mission ride. Their mission is to raise funds for breast cancer research and all of the money raised will stay in the province. Over the past 12 missions, they have raised $1.8 million.

It would be unfair to singularly acknowledge that organization for its work raising money to hopefully find a cure for breast cancer. There are so many others, such as the Relay for Life.

But it is not just the organizations that deserve kudos for their work. The people who donate their money deserve the highest kudos because that is what makes the research possible.

In a world where selfishness seems to thrive, it is good to see people have a heart and reach out for a good cause. We are helping other people by donating money, no matter how small.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society’s website, there were an estimated 88,800 new cases of all cancers in women in Canada in 2012 with 2,600 of those in Saskatchewan. Out of that 88,800, the estimated new deaths total is 36,200 in Canada and 1,100 in Saskatchewan.

For men, there were an estimated 97,600 new cases of all cancers in Canada in 2012 with 2,900 of those in Saskatchewan. Out of that 97,600, the estimated new deaths total is 39,500 with 1,250 of those in Saskatchewan.

On a more positive note, the Canadian Cancer Society reported the cancer death rate in Canada is going down and close to 100,000 lives have been saved from 1988 to 2007. However the website stated cancer is still the leading cause of death in Canada.

While a cure for cancer seems unlikely now, with more funding and support, it is impossible to say what will or won’t be possible in five, 10, 20 or 30 years from now. The same goes for any other disease or illness out there.

Besides, even if a cure for any of these diseases isn’t found, we shouldn’t stop trying. We are talking about people’s lives. In order to be the best we can be to thrive and live side by side, we need to keep fighting any way we can.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Organizations: Canadian Cancer Society, Relay for Life

Geographic location: Canada, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

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  • SN
    February 07, 2013 - 18:04 some research first. There is a drug, Dichloroacetate or DCA that has been found to shrink tumors by correcting the metobolic oddities in cancer cells, several forms of cancer...breast, prostate, brain, cervical, colectal and endometrial cancers. This is a very inexpensive drug,mere pennies to make and it's non-patentable so therefore, it is not of any monetary value to pharmaceutical's which in turn will not fund any studies with this drug. Yes there have been side effects rashes (same as what you can find from radiation) nerve, kidney and liver damage (chemo can do the same) heart and immune function (again, chemo also can do this same). It comes down to what this drug would put back into the pockets of the pharmaceutical's.