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Friday, November 12, 2010

Cancer

The secretary in our office just informed me that her uncle, who was suffering from cancer for quite a while, passed away this morning.

This made me think of my dad, who passed away 10 years ago, at the age of 58, from lung cancer. While he was a nonsmoker, his friends do. We all believe that he was a victim of second hand smoking.

My grandfather was also a lung cancer victim but he survived for more than fifteen years before succumbing to another disease at age 87. He was a chain smoker, so it was not really unexpected. He only quit when his cancer was diagnosed and turned to hard candies for his oral cravings.

I don't really know if the electronic cigarette katherine heigl smoked on the Letterman show would have been a better alternative to the usual tobacco products. Some people say they do, but I need to see more proof.

Seeing how my dad suffered through his illness, I wouldn't wish anyone else to get this disease. It doesn't kill you immediately but makes you suffer little by little in which there is little hope for escape.

I know I have to watch out as genetics plays a big part, but I should also do my part in minimizing the chances of me or my family members getting it.

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