Argumentative Essay On Cancer

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Cancer is a unique disease in that we are all vulnerable to it. While many factors such as family history and personal health choices play a part, everyone has a decent chance of getting cancer at some point in his or her life. You are not safe from it no matter if you are young or old, rich or poor, skinny or chubby, or short or tall. If you are a male, you have a one in two chance you will have a cancer diagnosis in your lifetime, and this chance is only slightly reduced for women, who have a one in three chance (American Cancer Society, 2014). This probability encompasses the chances of being diagnosed with any of the more than 100 different forms of the disease that are currently recognized by medical professionals. Even within each …show more content…
Merriam Webster defines cancer as a serious disease caused by cells that are not normal and that can spread to one or many parts of the body (Citation). One thing that makes the treatment of cancer so difficult is the similarity that cancerous cells have to ordinary, healthy cells. There are only two prominent differences between cancer cells and healthy cells. The first is the termination of the apoptosis process, which is responsible for killing cells with potentially harmful mutations before they can cause damage. The other is the rate at which cells go through cellular division. Cancerous cells go through this process much more rapidly and continue to accumulate until a tumor eventually forms. This tumor can be either benign or malignant. A tumor is considered benign if it is not spreading from its original location to other parts of the body. They are generally seen as less harmful, but they can still be deadly if they are located in the right area. A tumor is classified as malignant once it metastasizes and is spreading; this is generally seen as the more aggressive and dangerous form of …show more content…
Among both men and women in Nebraska, lung cancer was the biggest contributor to cancer related deaths, followed by breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. While pediatric cancer is not one of the more common forms of cancer in Nebraska or the nation, it has one of the largest impacts. Every day, about 4,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer (National Cancer Institute, 2015). Of these, there is an average of 43 pediatric cancer diagnosis. This is approximately one percent of all diagnoses. Of these cases, an estimated one in eight children will not survive (CureSearch for Children’s Cancer). Here in Nebraska, our rates are over the national average for this category. We have the highest rate in the midwest and western regions of the country and are only rivaled by five states in the Northeast. Even within the state, there are several places with even higher rates; Boyd, Pierce, Garfield, Nance, Howard, Hamilton, Gosper, Furnas, Red Willow and Johnson counties are hotspots for pediatric cancer with two to four cases per 1,000 children (Young, 2014). Many campaigns and projects are currently working towards treatments, cures, and awareness for childhood cancer

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