The Unique Characteristics And Effects Of Cancer

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Kiley Palmer Oral Communications 6 10/8/2015 Title: Cancer in Teens Specific Speech Purpose: To inform the audience about the unique characteristics and effects of cancer in teens. INTRODUCTION: When I was fourteen, two weeks into my freshman year of high school, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. (Attention) As I went through my journey through chemo and radiation, I continued to learn more and more about the cancer that had taken over my body. Then I started making friends there at the hospital. They had different cancers, so I learned as much as I could so that I could try to understand how their journey would be like mine, and how it would be different. I began to be closer to my friends at the hospital than I was…show more content…
(example) a. Eight teens who have survived their fight with cancer b. Three teens fighting cancer currently c. Four teens who have passed away within the past two years because of cancer. 2. Statistics on estimated new cases for 2014 (statistics) a. Children ages 0-14 years old (1.) 10,450 new cases (statistics) (2.) An average of 700 new cases of cancer for each age in this group. b. Teens ages 15-19 years old (1.) 5,330 new cases (statistics) (2.) An average of 1,100 new cases of cancer for each age in this group. c. Compare the average number of children per age and the average number of teens per age. (1.) Four hundred more teens of one age are diagnosed each year than children of one age. (comparison) (2.) That is 53% more (comparison) B. Cancer in teens is different from cancer in others. 1. The 5-year survival rate is different for teens than it is for children with the same cancer. a. Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia have a 91% chance of surviving 5 years after being diagnosed (Statistic) b. Teens with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia have a 78% chance of surviving 5 years after being diagnosed (Statistic) c. Teens are 13% less likely to survive than children with the same disease. (Comparison) 2. Teens are more likely to be diagnosed with certain types of cancer than children or adults over the 40. a. Hodgkin Lymphoma (Example) b. Melanoma (Example) c. Sarcoma (Example) TRANSITION: Now that we know some of the characteristics of cancer in
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