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Health breakthroughs will be welcomed

15th April 2009

In an editorial, the Daily Express argues that we should not ignore scientific advances that will ease suffering and improve quality of life.

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Two areas of health have become the major preoccupation of this generation: cancer, which is the most feared and painful of diseases, and infertility.

Failure to conceive a child, combined with a woman’s concerns over balancing a career with being a mother and her ticking body clock, are major sources of anxiety.

Breakthroughs in both areas are welcome.

In California, scientists have developed a process that could soon allow diagnosis of cancer and monitoring of the disease from a drop of blood or small tissue sample.

Current procedures for biopsy and monitoring are distressing, so anything that improves chances of recovery and survival is welcome.

What is a more controversial area is that of stem-cell research.

One breakthrough could enable women to have children later in life and one day make the menopause “a thing of the past.”

This thought of “rescheduling the stages of women’s life” is seen by some as disturbing but if it is done properly, why should that be so?

Life expectancy is rising, aided by scientific and technological development. With that, changes that once seemed horrifying or controversial are now common practice.

We should not blindly follow science but we should be open to such advances too, especially where they “decrease anxiety and add to the sum of human happiness.”

 

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