Yesterday, when I walked into a class of (mostly) 20 year olds all staring back at me, I had a thought: this may be the last cancer generation. 80% of all cancers are diagnosed in people after the age of fifty, and by the time my students reach the age of fifty (thirty years from now) cancer may well be largely a fear of the past. Given the devastations of cancer to humanity, it seemed to me something to be hopeful about. My students, as they age, may have a very different relationship to this disease than people over thirty have had.
Anyway, I thought it was nice to think so.