If they can develop a vaccine for COVID-19 in less than a year, why can't they develop one for cancer?

I'm going to attempt to answer that question, even though I have no medical background whatsoever. (The furthest I studied science was my freshman year in college. I took a Botany class. I got a "D.")

First let me address that disease wise: Cancer is different than any type of virus. Plus, there are numerous kinds of cancer. They develop in different parts of the body. Some cancers show themselves at birth, some at the very end of life. Others, in the middle. Some are very deadly, some not so much.

Again, with my limited medical knowledge, that's about the best I can do. Cancer and COVID-19 are very different - how's that?

The other area I'll address is money.

Here it comes, right?

Have you noticed the companies that have been working to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus? There  are several brands of vaccines out there, with more trying to get there soon. You want to know why? To save humanity? Um, well.....

How about to make a buck? Or, let me rephrase that - BILLIONS OF BUCKS!

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Wait, you say, I thought the vaccines were free? Sure they are - to you and I. The government of our country is footing the bill for us. Same with other countries.... That's literally billions of shots. Forbes.com has more on the profits that a couple of the manufactures will be pulling in.

The problem with developing cures for cancer is sad, but true. All of these drug companies aren't investing in cancer cures because, at the end of the day, they can't turn a profit. There are some childhood cancers that only touch a very small percentage of the population. If they were to develop a cure, there's not enough customers to make their investment worthwhile.

That brings us back to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude is actively searching for cures for childhood cancers, regardless of the investment or promise of a financial return.

Since St. Jude is a non-profit charity, they aren't looking for a return. They just want to save children from cancer. Period.

One of my favorite aspects of what happens at St. Jude is the fact that they freely and opening share all of their findings and treatments with everyone everywhere for free! (Do you think Pfizer shared it's COVID vaccine findings with Moderna?)

Because of the research done at St. Jude, how a child is treated for cancer ANYWHERE is probably a direct result of the work being done at St. Jude. "St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases."

I urge you to learn more about St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. You can do that by listening to our Radiothon today, or you can click here.

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Thank you!

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