Cancer is a disease of accumulating genetic copy-paste errors; a Russian roulette of cell division subject to an ever-expanding list of environmental vectors. If given enough time, or a long enough lifespan, everyone will develop malignancy. In the time it takes you to finish this white paper, 20 people in the United States (U.S.) will receive a cancer diagnosis. The overwhelming odds are that these statistics will eventually claim our families and friends. Their journeys will become our own, and the entirety of cancer’s emotional and financial burden will be shouldered as a society.
In a sense, we are all cancer patients.