The conspiracy theory that the medical industry is hiding a cure for cancer from the public has been around for many years. Logical arguments against this myth include the fact that many people in the scientific and medical industry, such as researchers, nurses, and doctors along with their families and friends, die of cancer at similar rates as everyone else in the population. Additionally, new cancer prevention and treatments methods are introduced into everyday health care on a regular basis. A good example of this is the recently discovered vaccine to prevent infection by the two main strains of Human Papilloma virus that are known to cause the majority of cervical cancers.
It is estimated that more than 120,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia in 2013. More than half of them will be successfully treated. Finding one cure for cancer is unlikely because there are more than 200 different kinds of cancer, each with its own underlying genetic faults and correspondingly, its own most appropriate treatment. The survival rate for many common cancers has increased by more than 30 per cent in the past two decades. For the latest survival and prevalence statistics for cancers in Australia please refer to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, Cancer survival and prevalence in Australia: period estimates from 1982 to 2010.