Cancer prevention is one of the most talked about topics in the social sphere, with many questioning why pharmaceuticals do not research & create the drug that could save the human race. The fact is that creating one single prevention drug implies that we should give to all healthy people for the rest of their lives.
And if that were the case, there would definitely be a financial incentive to give the entire human race a pill everyday for the rest of their lives on the promise that they would be cancer free.
Since you would have to take this every day without fail, it would probably count as a OTC drug. And it wouldn’t be off limits to being re-positioned as a CPG in the cancer prevention aisle.
The problem here is that: to propose giving a cancer prevention drug to healthy people, it would have to be demonstrated to be safe for all people, no matter their genetics, what foods they eat (grapefruit juice? ), what other drugs they are taking and what other medical conditions they have.
Then there is the issue of preventing “cancer.” But there are many different types of cancer and many different ways that cancer can emerge. Suppose you focus just on just drugs for individual, prevalent, types of cancer that a person might fear, say breast cancer. But there are different kinds of breast cancer. Same issue for “lung cancer.”
One suggestion for those concerned about cancer: rather than getting an MBA in finance, get a doctorate in a field that enables you to do bio-medical research. In the interim, write editorials advocating more funding for medical researchers around cancer prevention.
Profit motive plays a large role in almost every aspect of the health care industry. It has been reported that annual body scans for skin cancer are useless, as are pelvic exams in asymptomatic adult women. But guess what? Doctors make money off these exams, so they continue, lack of medical evidence be damned.
Yes, incentives can be structured better, but the one pill to prevent all cancers is wishful thinking.