It is the bane of senior citizens that as we get older the likelihood of contracting some illness or disability increases. Hundreds of years ago, cancer was not so well known basically because people tended to die at an earlier age. According to Siddhartha Mukherjee in his book The emperor of all maladies the older we get the more likely cancer becomes as “mutations in cancer genes accumulate with aging; cancer is thus intrinsically related to age”.
So we are blessed by modern technology to live longer lives but the longer we live the more likely we are to contract cancer. What kind of rules are those!
Few of us have not been impacted by cancer affecting friends, family and sometimes ourselves. Is it possible there is anything positive to be found in the whole cancer experience? Is that kind of thinking even reasonable?
Take a look at this week’s blog Finding hope in cancer for a different perspective on cancer in hopes we might learn from survivors and possibly improve our own qualify of life.