A frustrating report accredited by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) exposed that the medical fight against cancer has been a battle against a misunderstood ‘enemy’. This awful fact has been going on for the past 40 years of medical history.  

NCI commissioned panel’s report confirmed that all of us should refrain from calling low-risk lesions like DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in Situ; non-invasive type of breast cancer) and HGPIN (High-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia) as ‘cancer’.

“The practice of oncology in the United States is in need of a host of reforms and initiatives to mitigate the problem of overdiagnosis and overtreatment of cancer, according to a working group sanctioned by the National Cancer Institute. Perhaps most dramatically, the group says that a number of premalignant conditions, including ductal carcinoma in situ and high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, should no longer be called “cancer.” Instead, the conditions should be labeled something more appropriate, such as indolent lesions of epithelial origin (IDLE), the working group suggests.”  – Medscape reported.

IDLE is a proposed term for those lesions (currently called cancer) and their precursors are unlikely to cause any harm if they are left untreated.

Usually, not only those millions of screen-detected abnormalities (not “cancer”) but even those which are considered as fast-growing abnormalities were all directed into greater malignancy by chemotherapy, radiation and surgery-based standard of cancer care itself. However, our perspective of cancer needs to shift from an enemy to a body’s reaction towards certain situations. Because our body reacts, very likely, to survive an inhospitable nutrient-deprived, and radiation saturated environment, it can actually execute a unique defensive process from any health abnormalities.

Now, what’s the best solution? There is no better solution than prevention. A truly preventive strategy against cancer is nutrients-filled diet together with proper exercise, and a total avoidance of chemical and radiation exposures. Prevention is still far way better than cure. More than anyone else, ourselves is our best protector.