Watching the news can be a pretty depressing exercise. Whether the subject is politics, crime, or various conflicts around the world, it is enough on some days to make you want to crawl into a hole and seal it behind you. Because of all the bad news out there, it can help to find a ray of hope to latch onto. There certainly are good things happening in the world amid all the bad occurrences.
The field of medicine is one area where one can find good news. At first glance, when hearing about rising insurance premiums in the United States, for example, this may not seem to be the case. Medical technology and the state of medicine in the treatment of various diseases, however, is one major thing that keeps improving. Technology keeps marching relentlessly forward, and medicine is no exception to this trend.
Over the past century, breakthroughs have been made in the treatment of maladies and diseases that would have been crippling or life ending just a couple generations ago. Stories such as the vaccine against polio and more recently the progress made in the third world against malaria come to mind. Another disease in which progress has been steadily made over the past several years is cancer.
It has been recently reported that cancer death rates in the United States are continuing to fall as five-year survival rates continue to increase. The greatest increases in survival rates have been in leukemia as well as kidney and prostate cancers. Despite all that may be wrong with the world or in our personal lives, we can all derive solace from the fact that when it comes to one of the deadliest diseases of our time, we are all far better off than those who were diagnosed with cancer back in the 1970s. Add this to the list of things that are a reason to get up in the morning with a smile on your face.