“Change the cancer conversation: The ‘war on cancer’ has run off course,” by Colin Macilwain, Nature.

When Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy in 2013 after genetic tests revealed her susceptibility to certain cancers, she urged others to consider their risk. Even more people will do so now that she has had her ovaries and Fallopian tubes removed as well. There is a positive effect to this: greater awareness and reduced stigma can only help people with cancer. But Jolie’s story, of optimal diagnosis, advice and treatment, is not relevant to most people with cancer. It may serve to sustain unrealistic expectations that victory is pending in the ‘war on cancer’. Unfortunately, like the ‘wars’ on drugs and terror, the war on cancer has become more about those doing the fighting and less about the best interests of those they are trying to serve.

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