Prevention Of Cancer And Early Detection

1293 WordsOct 11, 20166 Pages
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and it is just timely that I would like to delve into one most of the debilitating chronic diseases worldwide. Cancer affects millions of people in all ages, various races, and all walks of life. all forms of media, prevention of cancer and early detection has been propped up to increase public awareness and improve the quality of life of those people suffering from this serious condition. The aforementioned topic has caught my eye especially recently that a colleague was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer four months-postpartum. She started chemotherapy two weeks after and had multiple sessions of radiation. The process of the treatment was arduous, and on top of it, she had to work as full-time therapist due to high medicals bills that were not entirely covered by insurance, and daily expenses. Hence, the trials that she is going through has prompted me to look closely into the disease and reflected if I have a familial history of cancer. With four kids, I have to keep my health in check in order to live up and juggling to the demands of a mother while working full-time. With further reading, as identified by the World Health Organization, cancer disease is a primary cause of tragedy globally, accounting for 8.2 million deaths in 2012 (2015). The most common of cancer mortalities are cancer of the lung, liver, stomach, colorectal, breast, and esophageal cancer (WHO, 2015). Moreover, one of the global burdens of disease is
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