Fifty years ago, Doris Day sang, "Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be, the future's not ours to see."
Twenty-seven percent of people believe that getting cancer is up to fate. Wow. That is one out of every four people.
This is can be partially explained by ignorance or misinformation. Despite 40 years of public education linking cancer to personal behaviors like sunbathing and smoking, there may be some who haven't gotten the message. Maybe they believe they will be like 85-year-old Uncle Harry, who is going strong after four scotches and a cigar every day for the past 60 years. But I doubt it. Most people know the facts, they know what is right to do, but they choose to delude themselves anyway.
The predominance of delusional behavior is disturbing for the future of choice and the quality of decisions we make. Delusions are irrational and erratic. People will sacrifice their lives to serve them. Businesses may delude themselves that their products are good for customers, or that they know what people want. Governments and churches may delude themselves that everyone should live under their version of democracy, communism, or some other dogma.
I may be deluded that we can make our future far better than our past. At least my delusion is unlikely to hurt anyone.
TIPS TO CUT CANCER RISK
Stop smoking - Giving up, even at the age of 60, can cut the risk of lung cancer dramatically
Be SunSmart - Protect yourself in the sun and take care not to burn
Stay in shape - Be active and keep a healthy body weight
Look after number one - Know your body and see your doctor about anything unusual
Eat and drink healthily - Limit alcohol and choose a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables