One of the things that has really bothered me as a scientist is the skepticism that some Mormons have about the medical field. There is an assumption that all the Medical industry wants to do is make money at the expense of the health of the citizenry. Many of these folks then turn to nutraceuticals and other forms of treatment (some of which are legitimate, but many are not) for which there is little, if any, data to support their use. Many of these companies ARE making money at the expense of the health of their patrons. Well here is some very interesting data to demonstrate how improvements in healthcare/medicine have improved the lives of children.

This is data from St Jude’s Children’s Hospital. They compare 5 year survival rates of kids with cancer from 1962 to today. Here are some of the striking numbers

In 1962:
4% of kids survived Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
7% of kids survived Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
10% of kids survived Medulloblastoma (brain tumor)

Now:
94% of kids survive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
90% of kids survived Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
85% of kids survived Medulloblastoma (brain tumor)

This is likely due to a combination of factors including: better treatments, better diagnostics and better facilities all of which are saving lives.