I chose cancer because I felt it was an interesting topic that impacts a large portion of the population, from either knowing someone who has or did have it, or from struggling with it yourself. This affects me because three of my grandparents, my father and multiple friends have had cancer. A specific type of cancer; Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma has been recorded less than four hundred times as of 2003. Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma is important to me because it is was what coaxed the passing of my Dad. This impacts teenagers because cancer can come at any age, including adolescence.
Cancer, in general, is an overgrowth of mutated cells that can often induce death if not treated properly. Although some types of cancer can be heavily delayed or stopped by a healthy living style, Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma cannot be prevented and has no known causes. Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma first appears in the soft tissue around the chest. It is usually unnoticeable until the tumor grows to the size of a fist and has side affects of severe chest pain. Despite the monstrous agony of excess tissue expanding within yourself, this stage is not deadly. However, more often than not, cancer spreads. In my father’s case, the cancer spread to his lungs and sapped all life until they were unusable. I am at a very high risk for cancer, therefore it was important to me to avoid the stupidity that comes with ignorance on a subject that is so drastic and probable, in my case. Learning about this has allowed me to cope better with the prevalence of cancer in my life.

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