To be honest, it took me awhile to muster up the enthusiasm to write an article about this topic. Well it is Cancer awareness month after all. I mean, on the one hand I think its great that we have so much awareness surrounding this disease. In fact according to cancer.ca, “At the Canadian Cancer Society, the month of October is about more than just raising awareness of breast cancer, it’s about taking action to save lives” . Wow, powerful stuff. But with all of this awareness and research towards Cancer, shouldn’t we have figured this stuff out by now? I have lost countless family members to cancer, my dad included, so I may not be the best person to weigh in on this topic. It just seems as though it is everywhere, all the time, and it sucks.
So unless you have been living off the grid in a bush somewhere for the past 60 years, I’m guessing you know what Cancer is.
But just in case you don’t, here are a few facts.
- Cancer is characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. There are over 100 types of cancer. And it can affect any area of the body.
- n 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 609,640 people will die from the disease.
- The most common cancers among men are: prostate, lung, and colorectal (colon) cancer. For women, it’s: breast, lung, and colorectal cancer.
- In 2017, an estimated 15,270 children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 were diagnosed with cancer and 1,790 died of the disease.
Cancer can affect anyone, regardless if they are rich or poor. Men, women and children are not immune – and as you can imagine, this represents a tremendous burden on patients, families and societies. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world.
Okay, we get it.
For years now, researchers have led meticulous studies focused on how to stop this deadly disease in its tracks. How close are we to finding more effective treatments?
It would seem we are getting closer and closer to ending this for good. People are living longer past diagnoses and thriving in spite of getting a Cancer diagnoses. There are endless alternative cancer treatments. Such as acupuncture, mediation, hypnosis and even aromatherapy. To name just a few.
But don’t you think we could do better?
Like, MUCH better? Maybe now is the time to stop focusing on what Cancer is, and start focusing on what Cancer isn’t.
- something I will be defined by
- a thing that will decide how long I will live
- something that will determine how I look and feel
- going to decide how much time I choose to spend outdoors
- going to affect how much pain I feel
- going to affect my sleep
- going to affect my life in any way, simply because I will not allow it.
Be determined to decide how you will live your life, regardless of what diagnoses you are given. Because at the end of the day, this is just a moment in time that will soon pass.