I chose this issue because I know that many people have or receive cancer. It is also a very hard disease to cure, and only 1 in 4 people actually survive from it. My connection to cancer is that my grandfather and aunt both had cancer. My grandfather actually died from it, whereas my aunt was one of the lucky ones. Cancer is relevant to me because it is somewhat genetic, and since two of my family members had it, that could mean that I could also get cancer. This topic is important because each year globally, about 14 million people learn they have cancer, and 8 million people die from the disease. Research shows that one-third of cancer deaths can be prevented, but sometimes services and technologies are not widely available, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Even though cancer is rarer in teens that adults or young children, it is still possible that teenagers can get it. The most common cancers in teens are: melanoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and many more very complicated sounding cancers. However, strangely enough doctors have found that teenagers have special medical, social, and emotional needs that are different from younger children and adults with cancer.
I learned that the main appearance of cancer is actually through your genes, and that it wasn’t actually contagious, unless it’s through the genes. I learned that a LOT of people die from cancer every year and even more get it. I also found out that it is rarer for teens to get cancer than it is for adults and young children. My summary to this issue is that even though there isn’t really a way to stay away from cancer, there are still some ways to prevent cancers from forming, like not to smoke to prevent lung cancer or, be careful out in the sun to prevent skin cancer. Also, during some of the surgery that happens when people have cancer, they have to shave their head, and usually those people are bullied because they look ugly without their hair and all. I think that we shouldn’t be doing that because they just achieved a great task of defeating cancer, and shaving their head was just some kind of obstacle. My thinking about cancer has changed because I used to think that there was a cure but that it only worked 1 in 4 time, but I found out that actually that wasn’t the case and that cancer didn’t actually have a cure. Cancer treatment actually kills more than it cures. The side effects of the treatment can be tough. After all, treatments that are designed to kill cancer cells will also affect healthy cells. This influenced my thinking about wellness because in wellness, we learn a lot of different ways to prevent diseases so we might also learn about something that can lessen our chances of getting cancer. Also, it influenced me into thinking that wellness isn’t all about puberty and all, but that it was actually a big lesson on how to stay fit and how not to have a premature death later in the future.