Monday, March 28, 2011

Family history of cancer

My family has a family history of cancer. More notably lung cancer. Both my grandfathers had this disease. Both were smokers, and heavy smokers at that.

My maternal grandfather passed away from that disease. I never met him in person.

My paternal grandfather chain smoked. He always had an ashtray full of cigarette butts. He then got cancer in the eighties. It was then that he fully stopped smoking. Everytime he craved for a cigarette, he would eat a hard candy. If there was such a thing as an e cigarette before, I guess he would have used that. He was one of the few cancer survivors I know because he lived until around 15 years later. But he suffered from emphysema and chronic bronchitis the rest of his life.

My Dad, on the other hand, was not really a smoker.  Sure, he may have smoked an occasional  stick or two at the egging of friends or companions (if there was a thing called "social smoker", he was it), but he was never the smoker that his father was.  So we never thought that he would have the disease -- and eventually die of it.  We realized, however, that there was heavy smoking among his acquaintances, and he was probably inhaling all their second hand smoke all through the years.

I really wish that people would just stop smoking.  They harm not only themselves but also other people around them.  I wish they would soon realize that.