This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Cancer Society.
If you don’t already know someone in your life with cancer, chances are you will one day. Nearly 1,660,290 new cancer diagnosis are expected to be made in 2013, and in 2013 nearly 580,350 Americans are projected to die of cancer, that’s almost 1,600 people a day. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US, accounting for about 1 of every 4 deaths. It’s time to finish the fight against cancer.
Finish the Fight Against Cancer
Cancer has been in and out of my life more than I care to admit. Cancer has affected my family, my friends, parents of my children’s classmates, and even a young child at my children’s school.
Shortly after high school my grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer. He was a carpenter and often worked with asbestos before asbestos was known to cause cancer and scarring of the lungs. He was also a smoker and smoked most of his life, until the last twenty years or so as I remember. After a long battle against cancer, my grandfather passed a few years after his initial diagnosed.
During my grandfather’s battle with lung cancer, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with bone cancer. She was one of those women who never got a mammogram because there was no family history of cancer, and cancer would never happen to her. After feeling ill for over three months, she finally went to the doctors and was diagnosed with bone cancer. She was told bone cancer commonly begins as breast cancer, and if she would have had her mammograms her bone cancer possibly could have been prevented. She lived with bone cancer for 3 years, longer than her original diagnosis, and passed at the age of 52 years.
Just last year, one of the mother’s in my children’s class was diagnosed with breast cancer. She regularly goes for her annual mammograms, which is how the doctors discovered and diagnosed her cancer. Thanks to her getting her annual mammograms her cancer was caught early, and after a successful lumpectomy she is now cancer free.
This year, another mother from my children’s class approached me and said she heard through the grapevine that I had thyroid cancer. Though I didn’t have thyroid cancer, I did have my left-side thyroid removed at the end of last year because it had multiple nodules on it. As a family we decided the best defense against those nodules possibly becoming cancerous was to just have them removed. Now, I am worry-free. My right-side thyroid picked-up the slack and I don’t even have to be on thyroid medication.
The reason this mother approached me to ask about me having thyroid cancer is because she has thyroid cancer. She has had multiple operations to remove more than half of her lymph nodes. She cannot undergo treatment now, and she continues to fight the battle against cancer.
Also this year, one of the children at my children’s school was diagnosed with leukemia. He had not been feeling well for some time and started getting bloody noses on a daily basis. He continues to fight his battle with cancer at home and goes for daily chemo treatments.
Cancer can affect anyone, at any age, at any time. The only way to finish the fight against cancer is to take a moment against silence and make some noise!
About the American Cancer Society
In 1913, 15 determined physicians and business leaders wanted to raise awareness of cancer. Since then, the American Cancer Society has grown to become the world’s leader in the fight to end the disease.
Thanks to the efforts and dedication of the American Cancer Society, cancer death rates have declined 20 percent since the early 1990s, saving nearly 1.2 million lives. To help prevent overall lung cancer death rates, the American Cancer Society has helped lead the way to a 50 percent drop in smoking since the 1960s.
The American Cancer Society continues their efforts to raise funds for lifesaving cancer research, and to ensure people facing cancer have the help they need, like a free place to stay during treatment and a ride to get there.
On May 22nd, 2013, The American Cancer Society will turn 100 years old and they are celebrating with their campaign to the finish the fight and create more birthdays by saving lives. Learn how you can help finish the fight in the video below. Silence won’t finish the, only action will, and together we can finish the fight.
This post is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
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