The grim reality of things is that each and every one of us knows at least one person that has been affected by cancer, some of whom have lost their battles and some of which have “beat” this disease, but have you every really thought about how cancer is something other than a disease?
The Leukemia & Lymphona Society claims that in 2016 $49.3 MILLION was invested into research. This is one organization out of millions that exist to raise money for cancer. This is money that is dumped into the cancer world on top of whatever else is spent on treatment, medications and such.
In both Oryx & Crake and The Year of the Flood, we are exposed to the realities of big corporations creating the need for medication and treatment. It truly sickens me to think that a fiction novel could actually reflect such real issues. At the end of the day everyone wants a couple of extra dollars in their pockets, and if that will only happen as a result of ripping someone off then so be it. I’m not here to say that cancer is fake and that it is only something that has been fabricated with the intentions to make money, but on the other hand, I do believe that there are some things that are not adding up. According to Bigthink.com, since 1971 $500 billion dollars has been put into the “War on Cancer”, but still there has been so significant advancement for treatment or even a mere cure. The most common options given to those with cancer are Chemotherapy, or pump yourself up with drugs with the hopes that you’ll get better.
Is this not ringing a bell? Are we not making some concrete connections? Diseases were created in the book in order to sell medication that would “cure” patients. I’m sure many of us can wind back the clock to a couple of years back to the Swine Flu. I sure do, I remember the panic that surrounded the whole epidemic. I remember my parents being afraid to send me to school, I remember that painful vaccination I was given, and then after a couple of months I don’t remember hearing anything about it.
Remembering that everything we hear must be taken with a grain of salt, I explore this “conspiracy” or idea to merely open the floor to the possibility that the world that the novel presents us isn’t so far away from the world we’re currently living in.
-https://www.lls.org/who-we-are/financials (Leukemia & Lymphoma Stats)
-https://www.tenor.co/view/financial-spending-classes-before-money-gif-3547985 (The Office gif)
-http://bigthink.com/devil-in-the-data/the-never-ending-war-on-cancer (Cancer Stats)
-https://www.popsugar.com/tech/What-Roll-Safe-Thinking-Meme-43122009 (Thinking Meme)
-http://www.medicaldaily.com/generic-pill-size-and-shape-could-determine-whether-patient-will-adhere-medication-regimen-292958 (Pills Photo)
-http://giphy.com/gifs/homer-simpson-the-simpsons-bush-4pMX5rJ4PYAEM (Homer Simpson Disappearing)