Hopefully not like this. Any guesses who the respondent might be?

This comment was posted to a health discussion group in response to a telemarketer calling to ask for donations for breast cancer awareness month.

“I think they end up being sorry that they ever called me because I don’t just say no, I tell them why 🙂 I say that I work for a children’s charity that is involved in preventing cancer and that in 50 years, the cancer council and other bodies have done nothing. Cancer is more prevalent today then it was when they started to supposedly research and if I am going to be making a donation, I want it to go to a good cause, not just to line the pockets of some researcher who has no interest in actually seeing their research come to fruition rather than just keeping themselves in a job. They don’t know what to say… But hopefully, it makes them think that maybe there is more to this cancer stuff then they were told?”.

(emphasis mine, I’m off to line my pockets with public donations).


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  • @scep dick, research is very time consuming and very expensive. It can take years to get a treatment to the market place. In the case of drug development, up to ten years, so you can imagine this is not cheap.
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    Also, at any one time there will be multiple research teams working on the same problem trying to find a cure. I work in ageing, my current project is in ALS/Motor Neuron Disease and currently there are hundreds of scientists working on this problem, all over the world.
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    You might have noticed that Bill Gates recently dedicated $10 billion (yes, I said ten billion, not million) towards vaccines in third world countries. This might make a dent, but not fix the problem. This money also needs to cover costs of manufacture, distribution, and administration. A huge undertaking.
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    With respect to cancer, it is a bugger of a disease, and there is not just one type of cancer. Each one may require a different kind of therapy. So we have a multi-factorial problem which requires ongoing and continued financial investment.
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    You might be interested in the latest research being undertaken into a vaccine for hookwork for the third world, which is being sponsored (in part) also by Bill Gates, as an example of how much is involved in developing drugs.

  • scep dick

    Where is all the money going then?

  • Shelley

    There are some people that irritate me even more than telemarketers. Science-denying, scaremongering, ignorant fibbers, for example. And this one’s pants are well and truly on fire.

  • Imagine being so out of touch with reality that you abuse some poor telemarketer with your idiotic opinions. Yes, I know who said it but it wouldn’t have been hard to guess.

    A “children’s charity that is involved in preventing cancer”. It would be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic and so untrue.