Medicine is truly a modern-day miracle, having all but eliminated many of the world’s most deadly diseases that existed a millennium, a century, and even just decades ago. Polio used to leave children affected by the disease with malformed and underdeveloped limbs – whether just one was affected, as most common with polio, or all four of them, if not more – it turns out, the cure was as simple as placing a type of medicine on sugar cubes, the vaccine effectively eliminating polio in all developed nations around the world.
Scientific researchers didn’t randomly stumble on the vaccine. Rather, they conducted research, and through loads of trial and error, physicians were able to eliminate polio from affecting new generations. Just as polio and other ailments used to cause deformities or death in millions of people every single year, cancer has taken second place in the list of the world’s deadliest diseases, behind none other than cardiovascular disease.
A recent study conducted by three physicians at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, reviewed the repeat diagnosis rate in 740,990 people that had freshly been diagnosed with cancer. Statistics for the cohort are split into senior citizens, those aged at least 65 years of age, and those who aren’t in their golden years.
Of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results study, 25% of seniors had been diagnosed with cancer – particular diagnoses and areas of concentrations were disregarded for the metanalysis – whereas just 11% of those under 65 years of age had experienced the disease before.
The chances of coming down with the same kind of cancer depend on its particular method of action and other biologic processes related to the deadly, morale-crushing disease. One cancer, on the lowest end of the spectrum, caused returns of cancer in just 3.5% of all diagnosed patients, up to 36.9% in other diagnoses.
To help figure out cancer, Eric Lefkofsky created Tempus, an Internet-based library of information relevant to the disease.
Lefkofsky brought home a bachelor’s and doctorate from the University of Michigan prior to becoming a serial entrepreneur, where he sold carpet door-to-door.