Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I know this post has nothing to do with books, but I just wanted to help spread around cancer awareness.

My grandpa has been struggling with cancer now for quite some time. It comes and it goes; it seems like a cycle: they find the cancer, they remove it, he's good for a while, but it comes back.

Today, he had to undergo yet another surgical procedure to remove the cancerous lump in his jaw and it was worse than they thought it was.

He's alright now, but must attend chemo/radiation therapy again, and will be in pain for quite some time.

I wanted to share this with you in hopes that it would help spread some cancer awareness. Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Cancer grows out of normal cells in the body. Normal cells multiply when the body needs them, and die when the body doesn't need them. Cancer appears to occur when the growth of cells in the body is out of control and cells divide too quickly. It can also occur when cells forget how to die. There are many different kinds of cancers. Cancer can develop in almost any organ or tissue, such as the lung, colon, breast, skin, bones, or nerve tissue.
There are many causes of cancers, including:
  • Benzene and other chemicals
  • Drinking excess alcohol
  • Environmental toxins, such as certain poisonous mushrooms and a type of poison that can grow on peanut plants (aflatoxins)
  • Excessive sunlight exposure
  • Genetic problems
  • Obesity
  • Radiation
  • Viruses
However, the cause of many cancers remains unknown.

If you have a loved one, or know anyone struggling with cancer, feel free to share your story. :)


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