Why me?

While there are risk factors for cancer, many people with these same risk factors (or more!) don't get it. So Why me? is a question each of us would ask. For someone without a cancer, the question, though rarely asked, could be 'why not me?'. Life is unpredictable and we can do is to look out and avoid the known (or perceived as known) risks. How do you answer these questions?

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Hi Nigel,

Have you heard of Bitter Apricot Kernels, They are used extensivley in the cancer field as an alternative therapy as they contain a very interesting chemical called Laetrile , you can read more about there usage on the site http://www.worldwithoutcancer.com.
I became interested in this subject when I thought I had cancer and I have been taking them ever since.

If this is of interest to you and want to talk about it email me to say hello.

Best of luck

Gavin
Cancer as a Bad Bet
‘Bad luck’ of random mutations may have a key role in cancer.
Source: Cancer as a Bad Bet

Scientists from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center (Maryland, USA) have developed a statistical model that measure the proportion of cancer incidence, across many tissue types, caused mainly by random mutations when stem cells divide. By their measure, two-thirds of cancer incidence across tissues can be explained by ‘bad luck’ when these random mutations occur in genes that drive cancer growth. Bert Vogelstein and colleagues charted the number of stem cell divisions in 31 tissues and compared these rates with the lifetime risks of cancer in the same tissues among Americans. The statistical modeling revealed that more stem cell divisions correlate to increased cancer risk. The study authors report that: “These results suggest that only a third of the variation in cancer risk among tissues is attributable to environmental factors or inherited predispositions . The majority is due to ‘bad luck,’ that is, random mutations arising during DNA replication in normal, noncancerous stem cells.”
I don't know everything there is to know about cancer but I; have learned a lot since I was diagnosed with mouth cancer in September 2017, I have squamous cell carcinoma and have a large tumor on the bottom part f my jaw. My surgery is set for this coming Wednesday October 18th.
I would appreciate comments, tips and any advice you have to offer. You can ready everything about my disease n my blog at https://journeyofsurvivalblog.wordpress.com/, I hope that some of my advice helps you as well. Thanks Guys for reading... Marcy S.
Dear Marcella, I also had a cancerous tumor on my lower jaw. I won't go into my story as you can read about it in detail on my original posting. My operation lasted 18 hours and I spent a week in intensive care as they put me in an induced coma to allow my body to rest. The operation left me with swallowing problems but are manageable as you learn to eat different textures of food and I have learnt to eat and swallow on the opposite side. I left hospital after 2 and a bit weeks with a feeding tube so had to learn how to feed myself at home, but again you manage and your dietitian should assist you with that if necessary, I also have a stiffness in my neck and get pains in my shoulder but you have to feel positive and every small pain reminds me that I am still alive better than the alternative. I was very nervous before my operation and so I went into hospital the day before and was given a couple of tablets to relax me which were brilliant and did the job. I hope everything goes ok for you have faith in your doctors.

Emmy xx
I recently was diagnosed with mouth cancer squamous cell carcinoma. I had my surgery on October 18th and they removed the bone in my chin replacing it with a bone and artery from my leg. I was Stage 4 but it was localized. They removed my lymph nodes because they were swollen but tests came back negative - I am cancer free. But my surgeon wants me to do 6 weeks of radiation after I heal to make sure there are no hidden or lingering cancer cells. I don't know if I am up to it. I have had so many problems since the surgery - found myself having allergic reactions to the antibiotics - even to Benadryl. Does anyone have any advice for me about the radiation treatments? Six weeks is a long time and I am not sue I want to do this. Not sure that I can physically go through anything else. Be sure to check out my blog at https://journeyofsurvivalblog.wordpress.com/
Dear Marcella, my mouth cancer was in my jaw like yours and my consultant said that he had removed it all so was not given the opportunity of radiotherapy. Unfortunately 13 months later it returned in my cheek. I am not saying this to frighten you as cancers effect everybody in different ways, but I do wonder if I had been offered the radiotherapy after the first one, if it would of come back the second time and in retrospect I wish I had been given the opportunity. 2 weeks ago after a check up with my consultant he told me I would need a MRI scan on my tongue and tonsils ,has it returned again who knows, not had the results yet ( No news is good news). But what I do know is that if it has I shall be asking for the radiotherapy even if it makes me ill for a short time as I refuse to let cancer dictate how I manage the rest of my life. I truly believe they only offer it if they are sure it will benefit you. Stay strong and positive, face your decisions head on and look forward to many happy years to come, negative feelings bring you down. '

Emmy xx

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