Essay on Cancer And Cancer : An Incurable Disease

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Cancer is a disease that arises from cells in a part of the body starting to grow out of control. It is one of the most common causes of death, taking nearly 7 million lives each year worldwide. Approximately one-half of men and one-third of women in the world are diagnosed with different cancer types at some point during their lifetimes. More than one-third of deaths occur within five years after a cancer diagnosis. As cancer comes to be a serious life-threatening disease to human, then, what strategies can we use to fight against it? We should start with the background knowledge on what cancer and cancer treatment is as well as its traditional definition. The first description of cancer in related literature is found in an Egyptian Edwin Smith papyrus and dates back to approximately 1600 B.C. It was then regarded as an incurable disease. The Greek physician, Hippocrates (460-370 B.C.), described several kinds of cancer by using the terms carcinos (Raven 1990). In Greek, this word refers to a crab, most likely applied to the disease because the veins stretched on all sides as the crab grows its feet. Later, the Roman physician, Celsus (28 B.C.-50 A.D.), translated Greek carcinos into the Latin cancer. Yet the treatment of cancer had long remained incurable because the etiology of cancer development is still unclear. In the 16th and 17th centuries, people found it more acceptable to open and dissect a body to discover the cause of death (Bynum 2008). The alteration of…

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