Letter to the Editor: Brittney Donald Kuhn — Dec. 15, 2012

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Editor’s note: A Grade 12 English class at Prince Albert Collegiate Institute has been working on editorials on world issues. Daily Herald managing editor Perry Bergson visited their classroom last month to lend a hand. The results will be showing up the pages of the Daily Herald in coming weeks.

 

I have had many questions about cancer and I’m sure other have has questions about it too.

Why haven’t they found a cure for cancer? Will there be a cure for cancer in the future? What is cancer? What are the most common cancers?

Many lives have been taken from cancer and I would like to find out more about it and how close we are to the cures because of the innocent people we have lost to cancer. Cancer has touched everyone’s lives in some way, it may have been a family member with cancer, maybe even a friend with cancer.

 I have had family members who have died from cancer, I have family members who have cancer, and I have friends and their family members who have also had cancer. Some people fight cancer and they win and others … unfortunately the cancer wins.

It has been going on for far too long and I believe that it is time to find a cure for this disease. Many people are fighting cancer right now, it is a win loose battle, it invades your body and takes over, you have to fight it. Which is why cancer really reminds me of war in a way. I have some information that may answer some of your questions!

Why isn’t there a cure for cancer?

Well cancer is not only one disease but it is more than 200 different diseases, which means it can take over many different parts of your human body.

Researchers/scientists may have a hard time finding a cure for cancer because it can come from so many different places. All doctors and scientists have to do is figure out how cancer is formed, if they can figure this out then they can develop a vaccine to prevent cancer for people who don’t already have it so they don’t get it in the future. Will there be a cure for cancer In the future? Cancer can be cured because it is a sickness in the body. All sicknesses they humans get can be cured in some way, doctors just have to figure out what causes cancer first then they can start looking into making a cure for cancer.

What is cancer?

Cancer is a bunch of abnormal cells that can spread throughout your body through the lympth and blood.

Cancer is not just one disease but more than 200 different diseases, that’s why there are so many different kinds of cancer. Most cancers are named after the organ or type of cell in which they develop.  For example; if cancer starts in your bones it is called bone cancer, if the cancer starts in your mouth it is called mouth cancer.

What are the most common cancers?

The first common cancer is lung and bronchial cancer, the second is colon and rectal cancer, the third is breast cancer, the fourth is pancreatic cancer, and the fifth is prostate cancer.

  I am hoping that doctors will find a cure for cancer sometime soon so that people don’t have to deal with the win-lose battle of cancer.

Brittney Donald Kuhn

PACI Grade 12 student

Organizations: Daily Herald, Prince Albert Collegiate Institute

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