For most Americans, this Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday. There will be parties … family and friends … a feast of foods … cold drinks … and then the much-anticipated big game. Many might even make a little wager, on its outcome. But for other Americans, as well as the rest of the world, February 4th is World Cancer Day. A time set aside to prevent millions of Cancer deaths through education and awareness.
Cancer is a group of related diseases. As it develops, within the human body, the orderly process of cell growth becomes chaotic. Abnormal. This usually results in extra cells forming tumors. Although, not all Cancers produce such growths, i.e. Leukemia. Cancer cells invade the immune system and can actually prevent it from doing its job. Tumors can even use the body’s immune system to grow. As the disease spreads, it is medically termed as Metastatic Cancer. And the possibility of a patient achieving a five-year survival rate is significantly reduced.
Most people know that Cancer is a Genetic Disease. The genetic changes that cause Cancer can be inherited from our parents. In some families, its existence can be traced from one generation to the next and so on — like hair and eye color. If you ask, most individuals can name someone who has been diagnosed with the disease. Cancer is that prevalent, within our society. But what they may not know is how lethal Cancer actually is … even with modern medicine. Cancer is the second leading cause of death, globally. It is also the second leading cause of death, in the U.S. And cases are expected to rise 70%, in the next 20 years. Will you, or someone you love, be one?
There are ways to help prevent Cancer, i.e. tests, diet and lifestyle changes, risk-reducing surgery, etc. Talk to your doctor about your options. Because they do exist. More importantly, follow through with them. Millions are diagnosed with Cancer, every year. Many will succumb to the disease. Young and old. Male and female. Rich. Middle-class. And Poor. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. And it certainly doesn’t show mercy. It is easier to be proactive than to be a statistic.
This Sunday, before you are swept up in the festivities that surround the Super Bowl, take a moment. Reflect upon the greater battle — Cancer. How many people do you know who have faced the diagnosis? How many lost their fight? February 4th is World Cancer Day. Who will you remember?