Thursday, June 02, 2016
Do we really have a more formidable foe than cancer? By the end of this year, The National Cancer Institute estimates that nearly 1.7 million people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with cancer. They say that another 600,000 people will die from it in the US. Cancer comes in many forms and attacks many systems within the body, but in 2015 one of the most commonly diagnosed has been breast cancer. Nearly 300,000 people are expected to be diagnosed in the US by the end of this year, according toBreastcancer.org. In fact, one in eight women will develop breast cancer within her lifetime.
With awareness levels higher than ever, translating into faster diagnosis and better treatments, Breastcancer.org estimates that only 40,000 women will die of the disease this year. This is a large decrease from the 1980s, and as such, breast cancer is often labelled the ‘good’ cancer.
That’s a mistake, according to Jenn Alter, a woman from St Louis in Missouri, who beat breast cancer two years ago but remains on heavy medications to prevent a relapse. As she put it:
Right after my diagnosis, this woman I worked with told me: ‘Oh don’t worry. Breast cancer is a good cancer to get. Nobody dies from breast cancer anymore.’ I always tell people that everyone is aware of breast cancer. Unfortunately, people don’t seem to be aware that the treatment is downright mediaeval, and that people still die from it.
To read the whole article, please click here https://aeon.co/ideas/the-image-of-the-cancer-experience-needs-a-reality-check