November 28, 2011 - Siddhartha Mukherjee

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Barack Obama omits God from his online Thanksgiving address, CNN lays off staffers in favor of user-generated content, and Siddhartha Mukherjee researches cancer.

>> Stephen: TONIGHT MITT

ROMNEY LAUNCHES A NEW ATTACK

ON PRESIDENT OBAMA.

HOW WILL REPUBLICAN VOTERS

NOT RESPOND THIS TIME.

THEN CNN UNVEILS A NEW

APPROACH TO JOURNALISM, JOHN

KING'S TOUCH-SCREEN NOW

TOUCHES HIM BACK.

AND MY GUEST SIDDHARTHA

MUKHERJEE IS A PULITZER

PRIZE WINNING CANCER

RESEARCHER.

I'M GOING TO ASK HIM ABOUT

THIS MOLE ON MY BACK.

A RECENT STUDY CLAIMS WOMEN

THINK ABOUT SEX TEN TIMES A

DAY BUT I DON'T BUY IT.

MY SHOW IS ONLY ON FOUR

TIMES A DAY.

(LAUGHTER)

THIS IS THE

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

>> Stephen: THANK YOU,

WELCOME TO THE REPORT.

GOOD TO YOU HAVE WITH US,

FOLKS.

I'LL BE WITH YOU IN JUST ONE

MOMENT, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: I'LL BE WITH YOU

IN JUST A MINUTE.

I'M JUST FINISHING SOME

ON-LINE HOLIDAY SHOPPING, A

NICE DEAL ON A KINDL FIRE,

THAT WILL MAKE A GREAT

COASTER FOR MY iPAD.

(LAUGHTER)

THIS, THERE AND DONE.

WITH CHRISTMAS.

OKAY.

OF COURSE, FOLKS, TODAY IS

CYBERMONDAY.

WHEN EVERYBODY MOBS THE

ON-LINE STORES FOR THE BIG

HOLIDAY SALES.

NOW TO BEAT THE RUSH LAST

NIGHT I CAMPED OUT IN FRONT

OF MY COMPUTER.

WAITING FOR THE INTERNET TO

OPEN.

CYBERMONDAY IS A FOLLOWUP TO

BLACK FRIDAY, THE DAY AFTER

THANKSGIVING WHEN AMERICANS

AWAKE FROM THEIR TRYPTOPHAN

INDUCED COMA TO TRADE

GLUTTONY FOR GREED.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: NOW FOLKS, THIS

WEEKEND WAS A CATEGORY 5

CONSUME-ICANE WITH AMERICANS

SPENDING OVER $52 BILLION.

NATION, THIS ORGY OF

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING PROVES

AMERICA IS BACK!

WE ARE ONCE AGAIN--

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: YES, OH YES, WE

ARE ONCE AGAIN SPENDING

MONEY WE DON'T HAVE ON

THINGS WE DON'T NEED TO GIVE

TO PEOPLE WE DON'T LIKE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: YES, U.S.A.,

U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A.!

>> Stephen: OH, YES.

THAT'S LOUD ENOUGH FOR SANTA

TO HEAR YOU AT THE NORTH

POLE.

AND FOLKS, THIS CHRISTMAS WE

ARE PLAYING TO WIN.

JIM?

>> DOOR BUSTER SALES TURNED

VIOLENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

>> AN ARMED ROBBER

CONFRONTED A MAN AND HIS

FAMILY DEMANDING THEIR BLACK

FRIDAY PURCHASES.

>> SHOPPERS IN A NEAR RIOT.

YOU HEAR THE SCREAMING,

TRYING TO GET THEIR HANDS ON

SOME $2 WAFFLE IRONS.

>> Stephen: NOW THAT SOUNDS

OUTRAGE US BUT REMEMBER A $2

WAFFLE IRON CAN BE USED TO

BLUDGEON OTHERS WHEN ARE YOU

GOING FOR THAT $50 FLAT

SCREEN.

BUT FOLKS IF THAT'S TOO

VIOLENT FOR YOU THERE ARE

MORE PEACEFUL METHODS.

>> IN L.A. A WOMAN SPRAYED

FELLOW SHOPPERS WITH PEPPER

SPRAY TO TRY AND GET HER

HANDS ON AN XBOX.

>> Stephen: GOOD FOR HER.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: I SAY THE XBOX

PEOPLE SHOULD TURN THAT INTO

A GAME.

CALL OF DUTY BLACK FRIDAY

OFF.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: THE POINT IS-- THE

POINT IS YOU HAVE GOT TO GET

YOUR GIFTS BY ANY MEANS

NECESSARY.

BUT IT IS THE HOLIDAY SEASON

CELEBRATING JESUS, THE

PRINCE OF PEACE SO PLEASE

USE NONLETHAL FORCE ONLY.

PEPPER SPRAY, TEAR GAS, BEAN

BAG BULLETS AND TAZERS, ALL

OF WHICH I BELIEVE ARE

AVAILABLE AT WAL-MART.

(LAUGHTER)

BUT FOLKS, THEY'RE GOING

FAST SO REMEMBER, BRING

>> Stephen: NATION, I DON'T

JUST PASS JUDGEMENT, I LEAN

ON THE HORN AND FLIP IT THE

BIRD.

THIS IS TIP OF THE HAT, WAG

OF THE FINGER.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

FIRST UP, FOLKS, THIS YEAR

THANKSGIVING WAS RUINED.

AND THIS TIME IT WASN'T

BECAUSE OF THAT HORRIBLE

THING YOUR GRANDMOTHER SAID

IN FRONT OF YOUR KOREAN

GIRLFRIEND.

NO, THIS YEAR THANKSGIVING

WAS RUINED BECAUSE IN HIS

THANKSGIVING DAY INTERNET

ADDRESS BARACK OBAMA DID NOT

THANK GOD.

COME ON!

IT IS THANKSGIVING, WITHOUT

DOES HE THINKS WE'RE

THANKSING OTHER THAN

DR. HEIMLICH.

THAT'S WHY TONIGHT I'M

GIVING A WAG OF MY GRAVY

STAINED FINGER TO PRESIDENT

OBAMA.

SIR, HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THE

FIRST THAX GIVING WHEN THE

PILGRIMS AND THE INDIANS AND

THE JESUS SAT DOWN TOGETHER

AND THE LORD DID TURN THE

MAIZE INTO CORN AND LO HE

GAVETTE THE INDIAN SMALLPOX

FOR NOT BELIEVING IN HIM.

AND SO I AM CALL ON THE

PRESIDENT TO RECOGNIZE

THANKSGIVING AS A RELIGIOUS

HOLIDAY.

COMMEMORATING THE MIRACLE OF

WHEN JESUS ROSE FROM THE

COUCH FOR YET ANOTHER SLICE

OF PIE.

(APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: OF COURSE, THIS

YEAR THE THING I'M MOST

THANKFUL FOR IS MITT ROMNEY,

WHO GETS A TELEPHONE OF MY

HAT FOR HIS NEW AD WHICH

NAILS BARACK OBAMA USING

OBAMA'S OWN WORDS.

>> I AM CONFI DIDN'T THAT WE

CAN STEER OURSELVES OUT OF

THIS --

>> WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE

ECONOMY.

>> WE NEED A RESCUE PLAN FOR

THE MIDDLE CLASS.

WE NEED PROVIDE RELIEF FOR

HOMEOWNERS.

>> IF ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE

A NEW DIRECTION.

>> IF WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT

THE ECONOMY, WE'RE GOING TO

LOSE, LOSE, LOSE.

>> Stephen: BUSTED.

IF HE KEEPS TALKING ABOUT

THE ECONOMY, OBAMA'S GOING

TO LOSE.

OF COURSE, THE DEMOCRATS ARE

CLAIMING THAT OBAMA IS NOT

TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMY QUOTE

FROM 2080 WAS TAKEN OUT OF

CONTEXT IN THE TECHNICALITY

THAT IT WAS.

HERE'S THE ORIGINAL.

>> SENATOR McCAIN'S CAMPAIGN

ACTUALLY SAID, AND I QUOTE,

IF WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT THE

ECONOMY, WE'RE GOING TO LOSE.

>> Stephen: NOW SURE, HOLD

ON, HOLD ON, THAT MAY LOOK

LIKE AN UNFAIR EDIT BY

ROMNEY BUT LATER, I WILL

EDIT THIS SO THAT IT

DOESN'T.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: AND FOLKS, I AM

HAPPY TO SAY THAT THE AUTHOR

OF NO APOLOGY, MITT ROMNEY,

IS NOT GOING TO APOLOGY.

HE EXPLAINED THIS OUT OF

CONTEXT EDIT IN ONE SENTENCE.

>> WHAT'S SAUCE FOR THE

GOOSE IS NOW SAUCE FOR THE

GANDER.

>> Stephen: YES, SAUCE FOR

THE GOOSE IS NOW SAUCE FOR

THE GANDER.

AND IT DOES NOT MATTER IF

THE GANDER THAT THE GOOSE IS

TALKING ABOUT WAS QUOTING AN

OLD DUCK.

THE POINT IS

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: COULD HAVE HAD

HIM.

THE POINT IS THOSE WORDS

CAME OUT OF OBAMA'S FACE.

NOW THEY'RE HIS WORDS.

I MEAN JUST LIKE SOME OF MY

MOST FAMOUS QUOTES ASK NOT

WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR

YOU, ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR

YOUR COUNTRY, NOW MINE.

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THY

SELF, I OWN IT.

I DON'T THINK YOU'RE READY

FOR THIS JELLY, MY BODY'S

TOO BOOTYLICIOUS FOR YOU

BABE.

I OWN ALL THOSE WORDS.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: FOLKS, I OWN

THOSE WORDS NOW JUST AS

SURELY AS I OWN ALL THE

WORDS IN MY NEW AUDIO BOOK

NO APOLOGY BY STEPHEN

COLBERT.

BY THE WAY, WHAT WAS

ROYALTIES FOR THE GOOSE ARE

NOW GOING TO BE ROYALTIES

FOR THE GANDER.

AND FINALLY, FOLKS, YOU KNOW

I HAVE NEVER BEEN A FAN OF

YOGA.

IF I WANTED TO SPEND ALL DAY

ON THE GROUND SWEATING IN A

CONTORTED POSITION, I WOULD

EAT ANOTHER GAS STATION HOT

DOG.

BUT WORSE, FOLKS, WORSE,

YOGA HAS ALWAYS BEEN ITS

EXERCISE CHOICE FOR

LIBERALS.

BUT TONIGHT I'M LEAP TO SAY

THERE IS ONE CONSERVATIVE

YOGIC MIND OUT THERE I CAN

GET BEHIND.

THAT IS WHY I'M GIVING A BIG

TIP OF MY HAT TO YOGA

CLOTHING STORE LULU LEMON

WHICH IS NOW OFFERING

SHOPPING BAGS WITH THE QUOTE,

WHO IS JOHN GALT, A

CATCH-PHRASE FROM THE AYN

RAND NOVEL ATLAS SHRUG WHICH

CELEBRATES THE PURSUIT OF

RATIONAL SELF-INTEREST, FREE

MARKET DOMINATION AND STANCH

OPPOSITION TO BIG GOVERNMENT

MISGUIDED DESIRE TO AID THE

HOPELESSLY PARASITIC MASSES,

YOU KNOW, YOGA.

AND-- TYING YOGA WITH

RATIONAL EGOISM MAKES

PERFECT SENSE.

I MEAN WHO CAN FORGET AYN

RAND'S BEST SELLING WORKOUT

VIDEO, SWEATING AWAY THE

EMPATHY.

(LAUGHTER)

NATION, WITH LULU-LEMON'S

ENDORSEMENT IT WON'T BE LONG

UNTIL AYN RAND'S PHILOSOPHY

MAKES ITS WAY INTO YOGA

CLASSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY

AND WE START SEEING NEW

POSES LIKE LOOKING DOWNWARD

ON OTHERS DOGS, GOVERNMENT

DEREGULATING COBRA, AND BEND

OVER AND TAKE IT FROM THE

>> Stephen: THANK YOU VERY

MUCH, WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY, NATION, I HAVE

ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT A NEWS

ORGANIZATION SHOULD BE A

LEAN ORGANIZATION.

THAT'S WHY I DO THIS SHOW

SINGLE-HANDEDLY, ISN'T THAT

RIGHT, MICHAEL STIPE.

>> HEY-HO!

>> Stephen: AND NOW-- GOOD

MAN.

AND NOW THE LAYOFF BUG HAS

BITTEN MY COLLEAGUES OVER AT

CABLE NEWS NETWORK, THE

CABLE NEWS NETWORK.

RECENTLY CNN LAID OFF 50

STAFF MEMBERS, NOBODY

IMPORTANT, JUST EDITORS AND

PHOTO JOURNALISTS.

BECAUSE NEW TECHNOLOGY IN

DESKTOP EDITING AND USER

GENERATED CONTENT AND SOCIAL

MEDIA HAVE MADE SOME EDITING

AND PHOTO JOURNALISM

POSITIONS REDUNDANT.

YOU SEE, CNN DOESN'T NEED AS

MANY EDITORS AND PHOTO

JOURNALISTS BECAUSE THEY

HAVE IREPORTS.

FOOTAGE, COMMENTARY AND

ARTICLES THAT CNN VIEWERS

SELF-PRODUCE AND THEN

UPLOAD.

IT SI A BRILLIANT IDEA.

WHY BUY THE COW WHEN YOU CAN

HAVE IT SHAKEILY VIDEOTAPE

ITS OWN MILK FOR FREE.

NOW LAST WEEK CNN RELAUNCHED

IREPORT AS A SOCIAL NETWORK,

COMPLETE WITH AN ASSIGNMENT

DESK WHERE YOU CAN GO TO

FIND OUT WHAT STORIES CNN

WANTS YOU TO COVER.

I CERTAINLY HOPE SOME

REPORTS ON THAT PICKET FENCE

THAT IS SO FUN TO PAINT.

BEST OF ALL, I REPORTERS DO

NOT GET PAID.

THEY GET SOMETHING EVEN

BETTER.

BADGES.

WHICH I ASSUME ARE

REDEEMABLE FOR FOOD AND

RENT.

PLUS YOU GET NOTHING ELSE.

IT'S LIKE AN INTERNSHIP, IF

YOU WORK FOR FREE, PUTTING

YOUR TIME AND YOUR WORK IS

GOOD ENOUGH, MAYBE ONE DAY

YOU COULD BE LAID OFF BY

CNN.

NOW IREPORT CUTS THROUGH THE

MEDIA FILTER TO REPORT THE

NEWS THAT PEOPLE IN THE REAL

WORLD ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT

LIKE WHAT JO JO-GAL MADE FOR

DINNER LAST NIGHT,

UNNARRATED VACATION FOOTAGE,

LATE-BREAKING TORTOISE

REPORT, INVESTIGATIVE

COVERAGE OF COMPUTERS

SHOWING YOUTUBE VIDEOS,

PHOTOS WITHOUT ANY

EXPLANATIONS, THE WEATHER

AND A LITTLE GIRL'S BACKYARD

AND THE MINDLESS DRONES OF A

HOMELESS MAN.

>> I WAS AT GUANTANAMO IN

THE EARLY 09s WHEN THE VICE

PRESIDENT, DICK CHENEY SAID

TO ME THE OTHER DAY, IT IS

THE TROPIC, IT IS A LOVELY

PLACE.

HE HAS A POINT STATEMENT

LOVELY PLACE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: FOLKS CLEARLY,

CLEARLY THIS, LOOK HOW MUCH

THEY LOVE IT.

CLEARLY THIS IS THE FUTURE

OF NEWS.

AND DADDY WANTS IN.

SO TONIGHT I'M PROUD TO

ANNOUNCE STEPHEN COLBERT'S

ME-REPORTS.

AN ARMY OF ME-REPORTERS

COVERING THE HOTTEST STORIES

OF THE DAY FROM AN

UNCOMPENSATED WORKERS POINT

OF VIEW.

FOR MORE LET'S HEAD OVER TO

THE ME REPORTER 6700.

WELCOME TO THE ME REPORT

6700, WHERE FIELD REPORTER

MEANS A HANDI CAM DUCT TAPED

TO YOUR DOG.

AS YOU CAN SEE, RIGHT NOW WE

HAVE GOT DOZENS AND DOZENS

OF ME REPORTERS ALL OVER

AMERICA.

LET'S CHECK IN ON SOME OF

OUR TOP STORIES RIGHT HERE

WE HAVE-- I'M SORRY, THAT IS

FOOTAGE OF MY COLONOSCOPY,

OKAY.

LET'S SEE, LET'S SEE, RIGHT

UP OVER HERE.

WE HAVE-- BOB!

BOB!

>> Stephen: IT APPEARS TO BE

A GOAT YELLING THE WORD BOB.

SO THAT'S HAPPENING.

LET'S SEE SOMETHING ELSE.

THAT IS A SCREENSAVER, OKAY.

I TELL YOU WHAT, LET'S GO

OUT TO ME-REPORTER TERRY

WARD WITH A RUNDOWN OF THE

HEADLINES EVERYONE WILL BE

TALKING ABOUT TOMORROW IN

VIDEOS THEY MAKE ME FOR

FREE.

TERRY.

>> HEY, STEPHEN, HERE ARE

THE STORIES THAT WE'RE

FOLLOWING IN THE SITUATION

BUS STOP.

OUR TOP STORY, NUMBER 11 BUS

IS LATE AGAIN.

SO LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE

HEADLINES.

(LAUGHTER)

THERE THEY ARE, OCCUPIERS

ARE NOT CUT FROM THE SAME

CLOTH.

I ASSUME THAT'S A METAPHOR

OTHERWISE THERE HAS BEEN

SOME HORRIFIC VIOLENCE.

IN OTHER BREAKING NEWS,

HOLIDAY RETAIL SALES TOP

RECORDS.

AND THOSE RECORDS ARE BELOW

THE FOLD SO WE WILL HAVE

MORE DETAILS ON THAT STORY

AS SOMEONE COMES BY WITH

SOME QUARTERS.

WHERE IS THAT BUS!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: THANK YOU,

TERRY.

FOR THAT ABSOLUTELY FREE

REPORT WHICH FOR THE PRICE

WAS EXCELLENT.

AND BRAVO CNN FOR GETTING

RID OF ALL THOSE PESKY

PROFESSIONALS.

HOPEFULLY THIS BOLD MOVE

WILL HELP YOU GET RID OF

YOUR REMAINING VIEWERS.

WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT HAS WRITTEN

THE EMPEROR OF MALADIES, A

BIOGRAPHY OF CANCER.

AND IT IS SAID AT THE

END-- SAD, CANCER GET HITS

BY A BUS.

PLEASE WELCOME SIDDHARTHA

MUKHERJEE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING ME.

NOW AS I SAID, YOUR BOOK IS

A PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING,

THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES,

A BIOGRAPHY OF CANCER.

NOW I KNOW THIS IS ABOUT

CANCER BUT LET'S KEEP IT

LIGHT, OKAY.

WHAT, WHAT I SAID OVER THERE

ABOUT CANCER GETTING HIT BY

A BUS, WHY THAT MAKES SENSE

TO ME IS THAT CATCH

CERTIFICATE FEELS LIKE AN

ALIEN LIVING THING IN A

BODY.

IT'S DOING WHAT IT WANTS.

IS IT LIKE ANOTHER LIVING

THING IN YOU?

>> IN SOME WAYS IT IS, BUT

WHAT'S REALLY, REALLY TRICKY,

AND THIS WAS THE REALIZATION

THAT SENT A REAL CHILL UP

THE SPINES OF ALL THE

BIOLOGISTS AND SCIENTISTS

SINCE THE 197 0S.

WHAT IS REALLY TRICKY IS

THAT THE VERY GENES THAT

CAUSE YOUR NORMAL CELLS TO

GROW, IF YOU CORRUPT THOSE

GENES, THAT IS WHAT CAUSES

CANCER TO GROW.

THE VERY GENES THAT CAUSE

YOUR EMBRYO TO GROW, IF YOU

CORRUPT THOSE GENES, IF

THOSE GENES STOP WORKING

PROPERLY, THAT'S WHAT MAKE

CANCER CELLS GROW.

SO IT IS NOT AN ALIEN BEING

IN THE SENSE IT IS NOT

COMPLETELY OUTSIDE YOUR BODY,

COMES FROM THE VERY GENETIC

MATERIAL THAT IS OUTSIDE

YOUR BODY.

>> Stephen: BUT EVERY CANCER

CELL SAY LIVING CELL.

>> IT IS A LIVING CELL.

>> Stephen: CAN CANCER GET

SICK.

CAN CANCER GET A DISEASE?

>> IF YOU GIVE THE RIGHT

KIND OF TREATMENT, FOR

EXAMPLE, THE PROPER KIND OF

CHEMOTHERAPY YOU CAN MAKE

CANCER CELLS SICK AND KILL

THE CANCER CELLS WHILE

SPARING THE NORMAL CELLS.

AND THAT IS THE DREAM.

THAT IS THE GOAL OF ALL

CANCER CHEMOTHERAPY IS TO

TRY TO KILL CANCER WHILE

SPARING THE NORMAL.

>> Stephen: NOW WE HAVE HAD

A SORT OF WAR ON CANCER.

>> UH-HUH.

>> Stephen: SINCE 1971, IN

THE UNITED STATES.

WHAT ARE OUR WEAPONS IN THE

WAR.

>> WELL, THE MAJOR WEAPON IN

THE WAR IS PREVENTION.

IF WE COULD PREVENT CANCERS

FROM EVEN HAPPENING WHEN WE

WOULD BE REALLY TURN THIS

WAR AROUND.

>> Stephen: HOW DO WE DO

THAT WHAT DO I DO TO NOT

GET-- BY THE WAY WHAT

PERCENTAGE OF

AMERICANS-- LIKE AMERICAN

MEN WHAT PERCENTAGE GET

CANCER.

>> WELL, ONE IN TWO MEN WILL

BE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER IN

AMERICA.

>> Stephen: ONE IN TWO MEN.

>> Stephen: THAT MEANS ONE

OF THE TWO OF US.

>> THAT COULD MEAN ONE OF

THE OF TWO US-- .

>> Stephen: I'LL FLIP YOU

FOR.

SO WHAT CAN I DO TO NOT GET

CANCER.

>> WELL, YOU COULD BEGIN BY

NOT SMOKING.

>> Stephen: I DON'T.

>> YOU COULD MAINTAIN A

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, INCLUDING

A DIET THAT-- .

>> Stephen: BACON?

>> DOES THAT INCLUDE SMOKED

MEATS.

>> IN GREAT MODERATION.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

>> AND YOU KNOW, WE NOW KNOW

THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN

BEHAVIORS LIKE EXPOSURE TO

CERTAIN VIRUSES, IN CERTAIN

POPULATIONS WILL CAUSE

CANCER.

SO FOR INSTANCE,

PAPILLOMAVIRUS IS A CANCER

THAT CAUSES CERVICAL CANCER,

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED VIRUS

SO AGAIN-- .

>> Stephen: I THINK RICK

PERRY CURED THAT, PRETTY

SURE HE CURED THAT ONE.

>> WELL, YOU COULD

GET-- CERTAIN PEOPLE CAN GET

VACCINATED AGAINST THAT FORM

OF CANCER.

>> Stephen: HOW OLD IS OUR

KNOWLEDGE OF CANCER?

>> WELL, IT'S SURPRISING.

YOU THINK THAT CANCER IS A

MODERN DISEASE BUT IT ISN'T.

>> Stephen: I DO.

>> BUT IT ISN'T, IN FACT,

WHAT IS INTERESTING IS THE

VERY OLDEST MEDICAL

MANUSCRIPTS THAT WE HAVE,

2,500 BC CONTAINS A CASE

THAT RESEMBLES BREAST

CANCER.

THAT IS AN EGYPTIAN

MANUSCRIPT SO, IT'S NOT ONLY

ONE OF THE OLD DISEASES,

IT'S ONE OF THE OLDEST

DISEASES PROBABLY THAT WE

EVER KNEW ABOUT.

>> DO WE KNOW WHETHER WE GET

IT MORE, I THINK WE THINK OF

IT AS A MODERN DISEASE T

FEELS LIKE MORE AND MORE

THINGS GIVE US CANCER.

THAT IS SORT OF IN MY, THAT

IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO ME

AND WHAT IT FEELS LIKE IS

MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHATEVER

ARE YOU GOING TO SAY.

SO-- DO WE HAVE GOOD RECORDS

BEFORE THE INDUSTRIAL

REVOLUTION OF PEOPLE GETTING

CANCER?

>> WE HAVE RECORDS, THEY'RE

NOT GREAT BUT WE HAVE SOME

RECORDS.

HERE IS THE MAJOR DRIVER IS

AGING.

CANCER IN MANY CANCERS ARE

AGE-RELATED.

FOR INSTANCE BREAST CANCER,

VERY, VERY DEEPLY

AGE-RELATED.

PROSTATE CAN SER VERY DEEPLY

AGE-RELATED.

>> Stephen: IS THE FACT THAT

WE LIVE LONGER NOW MEAN WE

ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET

CANCER.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

WE'VE KILLED OFF OTHER

KILLERS.

>> Stephen: WOW.

SO MEDICINE IS OUR OWN WORST

ENEMY.

>> IN A MANNER OF SPEAKING.

>> Stephen: YES, I JUST

SPOKE IN THAT MANNER.

(LAUGHTER)

ARE WE GOING TO CURE THIS

THING?

ARE WE ON THE ROAD TO CURING

CANCER.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

AGAIN, WE'LL PREVENT SOME.

WE'LL BE ABLE TO TREAT SOME.

WE'LL BE ABLE TO CURE SOME

AND IT WILL BE A BIG

SPECTRUM.

NOT EVERY CANCER WILL BE THE

SAME.

FOR INSTANCE CHILDHOOD

LEUKEMIA WAS 100 PERCENT

LETHAL IN THE 19 '50s.

WE NOW CURE -- 0% OF THOSE

CHILDREN WITH-- TESS

PARTICULAR YOU LAR CANCER

WAS 100LET AG WE NOW CURE

MANY OF THEM.

LIMB FOAMAN, EVEN BREAST

CANCER IT SAY SPECTRUM, SOME

WE WILL TREAT, SOME WE WILL

CURE.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU FOR

EVERYTHING DOW TO TRY TO PUT

AN ENDING TO THIS BOOK.

>> I TRY TO WRITE THE

ENDING.

>> Stephen: DOCTOR, THANK

YOU SO MUCH.

SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE, THE

THAT'S IT FOR THE REPORT,

EVERYBODY.

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