April 8, 2016: But I Did It All Right

What if I did everything it said to do to prevent cancer? Would I be guaranteed to not get it? Currently, the answer is NO! Most products available today weren’t put on the market knowing they would cause harm. It’s only after years of exposure and studies that it’s discovered that this or that causes cancer. Even in an attempt to catch breast cancer early, is it possible that mammograms caused breast cancer? According to some studies, the answer to that question is sadly “Yes”. 

 

I’ve discovered when it comes to cancer there are seemingly more questions than there seem to be answers. I have a mutated gene nicknamed “the cancer gene”. You’d think that I could say, “That’s it! That’s why I got cancer!” But . . . others have the same mutated gene, live to be a hundred years old, and never get cancer. Why? And what about all those people that don’t have the “cancer genes” that get cancer? 

 

And have you seen the list of all the potential causes of cancer? Living on planet Earth (the only planet we know humans can survive on) puts you at risk of getting cancer. Breathing, eating, drinking, working, and sleeping patterns can all put you at risk. Add smoking, drugs, alcohol, and sex to the equation and you are at even a greater risk. If you eat too much or too little or the wrong combinations of foods at the wrong times, you are at a greater risk. And someone somewhere is selling something promising you that if you follow their plan, you won’t get cancer. Really, they should all be stating “this might lower your risks of getting cancer” but so does sleeping 8-10 hours a night and avoiding stress. And little do they know at the moment, they might also be selling you something that might later be known to cause cancer. It’s a vicious cycle. 

 

My own personal advice is do all you can to prevent getting cancer. It sucks! It’s too expensive! And it changes your life and the lives you care about and love a lot! Life comes with only one guarantee though and that’s death. Life is short – Live BIG!

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About courage2conquercancer

At the age of 40, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This is an account of my journey from my discovery and beyond.
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