Cancer: We're all afraid of it


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        Cancer is one of those diseases where a natural feeling of doom overcomes you at the thought of it. Not saying that any disease is worth being happy over but there is just a different type of empty feeling when it comes to cancer. Cancer grows out of normal cells in the body. Normal cells multiply when the body needs them, and die when the body doesn't need them. Cancer appears to occur when the growth of cells in the body is out of control and cells divide too quickly. It can also occur when cells forget how to die. There are many different kinds of cancer (liver, uterus, brain, heart etc.).
        Cancer can develop in almost any organ or tissue, such as the lung, colon, breast, skin, bones, or nerve tissue. There are several causes of cancer, some of them including Benzene and other chemicals, excessive alcohol intake, genetic problems, obesity, radiation and viruses. cancer patient2.jpg Since the start of this fall, I have heard of plenty of people that have been diagnosed with cancer. The scary part is that majority of those people were between the ages of 7-47. That age range is rather young compared to the age that it would normally plague (which is normally found in older people). I have lost several family members to cancer, my most recent being my aunt who passed away on the 1st of September this year. 
         During the last couple of months of my aunt's life, my mom would fly from New Jersey to Chicago to be with her every step of the way. My aunt said that she felt a sense of comfort whenever my mom was around and that my mom gave her hope that she could actually survive. After her trips to Chicago, my mom would always come back home with heart wrenching stories of what her sister had to go through -- the surgery's, chemo, sleepless nights, pain and even the news they received from the doctor when she said that the cancer had spread so much to the point that there was nothing else they could do for her.
         My aunt's determination to live bypassed the pain of any surgery or chemo therapy that she received, and for that she will forever be my hero. I just wish there was a cure for this disease because thousands of lives would be saved today. Many questions come to mind when I think of cancer, one of them being whether cancer can be inherited or not. It's great to no know that the disease cannot be passed from parent to child the way hair color and height is passed on, some cancers do have genetic risk factors, but if you have a parent with cancer it does not mean that you will automatically carry it as well. Have you ever lost someone to cancer? What are your thoughts when you think about this terrifying disease?

Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002267/

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Getting cancer is one of my biggest fears. Having my mom's cancer come back and metastasize is an even bigger fear that I have. I've lost many loved ones and friends to cancer. However, there's not a day that goes by that I don't think about the hope and progress made to treat cancer. It's easier to think about the advancements made in the field of cancer research than it is to dwell upon how scary cancer actually is. Over the years, I've learned that by not dwelling upon how scary cancer is clears my mind. It's just one less thing I have to worry about. I'm certain that one day there wil be a cure found for all types of cancers. I hope to see this come about in my lifetime.

But for now, since my mom is a breast cancer survivor, I think about the progress that Penn State has made with the cancer, like finding a virus that can kill cancer cells.

But what would happen if there was no progress made to help cancer patients out? What would the world be like if cancer was not treatable to the extent that one can be "cured?"

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