Just When You Thought ObamaCare Couldn't Get Any Worse . . . The Government Wants to Redefine Cancer

   The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is one of the leading authorities on cancer in the world. It's part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is tasked with the monumental job of researching cancer and disseminating information on cancer to the rest of the world.

   In a move that surprised many, a group of scientists associated with the NCI published a paper that could dramatically lower the number of cases of cancer diagnosed each year. The paper doesn't seek to eliminate cancer through lifestyle changes or by introducing a groundbreaking new cure. Instead, it seeks to redefine what the word cancer means. There won't be fewer cases of cancer by today's standards, but the redefinition would mean there would be less cases diagnosed moving forward.

   Here's what the scientists had to say in the paper:

   "The word “cancer” often invokes the specter of an inexorably lethal process; however, cancers are heterogeneous and can follow multiple paths, not all of which progress to metastases and death, and include indolent disease that causes no harm during the patient’s lifetime. Better biology alone can explain better outcomes. Although this complexity complicates the goal of early diagnosis, its recognition provides an opportunity to adapt cancer screening with a focus on identifying and treating those conditions most likely associated with morbidity and mortality."

   This attempt to redefine cancer could mean any number of things.

   It could mean doctors have been overaggressive in recent years when it comes to diagnosing and treating cancer in its earlier stages. If this is truly the case, I can't help but wonder how many people's quality of life have been affected by unnecessary surgeries and harsh chemotherapy treatments.

   The government may be seeking to redefine cancer in an attempt to have to treat less people in the face of millions of uncovered individuals signing up for health care. If fewer tumors qualify as cancer, less people will require treatment, in turn saving the government what could be a significant chunk of money. Tumors that aren't considered life threatening may not be treated at all under the new definition. The problem lies in the fact that some of these tumors could eventually become life threatening when they could have been treated in earlier stages.

   Regardless of the reason, this is one to keep a close eye on. We need to make sure cancer isn't being redefined in order to save the government money at the expense of human lives.