Really? Does everyone seem to have cancer? Compared to heart disease is cancer “by far, the harder problem”?
Half a century ago, the story goes, a person was far more likely to die from heart disease. Now cancer is on the verge of overtaking it as the No. 1 cause of death.
Troubling as this sounds, the comparison is unfair. Cancer is, by far, the harder problem — a condition deeply ingrained in the nature of evolution and multicellular life.
–George Johnson: Why Everyone Seems to Have Cancer, The New York Times