Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Oct 2011 00:02 UTC
Apple On its website, Apple has just confirmed that its co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, has passed away at age 56. After bringing the company back from the brink of bankruptcy and turning it into one of the world's most succesful technology companies, Jobs lost the battle with pancreatic cancer.
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RE[2]: I'm angry
by Morgan on Thu 6th Oct 2011 11:06 UTC in reply to "RE: I'm angry"
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Cancer will be never be cured completely, sad but true.

I hope you're wrong about that. Unfortunately, the future is not much brighter than it was 20 years ago.

Cancer is basically when your own cells start to attack your own body, thereby completely ignored by your own immune system.

This isn't entirely true. Take it from someone who has survived cancer; my immune system went batshit-crazy throughout the ordeal. One of the ways my oncologist measured the status of treatment was my white blood cell count.

Those rogue cells can be created at any time, but some products can increase the chance of the creation of such cells (chemicals, radiation, cigarettes).

I don't disagree with you about external accelerators, but let's face it: Cancer has been around since complex living beings first started roaming the earth. We will be dealing with it for as long as humans exist. Not to mention, pretty much any animal is susceptible.

But even without those products, there is chance that your body makes a mistake and creates cancer cells, and that chance only increases when we get older.

I wouldn't be surprised if the "cure" for cancer also turned out to greatly increase longevity.

Cancer is part of life, and it's nature's way to make sure that everything that lives, will eventually die...

Well if we never died physically I'm pretty sure our minds would eventually go insane. I think the current average lifespan is a bit shorter than it should be though; many people (like Jobs, though age had little to do with his death) die at the pinnacle of their achievements, and so many times you hear the sentiment "I hope I live long enough to ________ ".

Then again, the longer we live (especially if we remain virile in later years) the more overpopulated the planet becomes. It's a precarious balance and I fear we are tipping the scales in a negative direction. Of course, the last thing I want to see is a morally bankrupt solution like eugenics, forced sterilization, artificial limits on childbearing, and so on. I just hope we can find a way to sustain the human race while simultaneously finding ways to live longer and healthier lives.

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