Cancer is a word that no one wants to hear or think about, however there are many people  that are faced with this ugly word every day. The denotative definition of cancer is a malignant  and invasive growth or tumor, especially one originating in epithelium, tending to recur after  excision and to metastasize to other sites.

To many Americans cancer is so much more than this definition, it is estimated that 1,638,910 men and women will be diagnosed with cancer in 2012 according to the national cancer institute. When someone is diagnosed with cancer it affects many aspects in their life such as physical health, mental health, and emotional health.

Cancer affects a person’s physical health tremulously. Depending on if a person does any type of treatment or not will directly affect how much a person physical health is affected.  People who have survived this horrid disease have long term physical disabilities.

Men and women may become infertile; this means they are unable to have children of their own. A person who has or is a survivor of cancer is very fatigue. The tiredness comes from the exhaustion of going through the processes of medical treatment, in and out of doctor’s offices and the body being weak due to the disease. Cancer causes other diseases such as heart disease or lung disease, lymph edema, osteoporosis, depression, and second cancers (Lance Armstrong foundation p5). A person’s body can only take so much before it just shuts down and stops fighting for life. Cancer takes a huge toll on a person physically; sometimes the body cannot handle it and stops working.  Mental health is very important to maintain especially when diagnosed with a ghastly disease such as cancer. Cancer affects a person’s mental health a great deal. A person suffering from cancer may also suffer from depression. The depression that they are encountering may not have anything to do with their cancer.

“Cancer: The word meant the same to me as tsunami or piranha. I had never seen them; I wasn’t even quite sure what they were, but I knew they were bad and I knew in many cases they were deadly”.

 

By: Ammara Siddique