Has cancer already been cured?

Paige Schneider, Staff Reporter

There are a lot of absurd conspiracy theories out there – the moon landing was faked, Mark Zuckerberg is a lizard person, and that the earth is flat. Although none of these seem to hold an ounce of sense, not all conspiracies are that far fetched. The conspiracy that cancer has already been cured, and that the cure is being suppressed by Big Pharma (the pharmaceutical industry) has a decent sized following. This is why.

Cancer isn’t a single disease, but many individual diseases with the same foundation that are very hard to treat. We have made progress, and many people with certain types of cancer can eventually be cured, but not without many extremely expensive treatments over the course of many days or months. Cancer is a very profitable illness: Surgeons make money off of removing tumors, radiologists make money from the radiation devices used to treat the illness, and companies make money off of the chemotherapy drugs the patients are given. The average cost for cancer treatment in the US is in the $150,000 range. That’s everything an average American makes in three years.

Some believe that the ‘Rife’ machine, made in the 1920s by Royal Raymond Rife, is able to cure cancer. The machine is said to cure cancer by using a frequency that is the same, or close to, that of the cancer cells. The machine finds the frequency of the cells and sends an impulse of the same frequency which is able to kill or disable the cancer cells. This isn’t the only suspected ‘hidden cure’, but it seems to be the most widely believed one.

If cancer is so awful and leaves those who survive it in massive amounts of debt, why would Big Pharma want to keep a cheaper, more efficient cure hidden? It’s because of money. Many of the scientists searching for a cure survive off of the funding and grant money they receive to continue their search. If they found the cure, that money would disappear, and leave many without any work. “Because of the fact that cancer is a multi-billion dollar industry, it’s more profitable to keep people sick than it is to cure them.” Says Mr. Thompson, who is a firm believer in the concept.