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November 5, 2009
Don't take checkups or granted
This weekend the annual Relay for Life
will take place on Tarleton's campus, as it
has for many years past. Every year, people
from miles around come to show their sup-
port for those who have either survived or
succumbed to cancer. I bet if I were to walk
around campus and ask people whether or
not they know someone who has fought,
or is still fighting the disease, the number who had
would be staggering.
According to the American Cancer Society, 562,340
Americans are expected to die of cancer this year.
That's about 1,500 people per day; the numbers are ri-
diculous. Cancer is the second leading cause of death
in the U.S., following heart disease. Statistically, one
out of every four Americans die of cancer every year.
Cancer attacks without bias. It will target anyone
from ages one to infinity. Men and women should start
getting cancer screenings at the age of 20 according to
the American Cancer Society. That's how serious of a
murderer this disease can be.
Men and women should have their colon checked
by age 50. Women should have regular breast exams
at age 20 and cervical exams at 18. Cancer seems to
favor the female gender slightly more than males, so I
urge all the female readers to not be scared and to go
see your doctor about having regular check-
Men should have a prostate exam
starting at 50 years of age. Guys, I know that
having someone examine that area is not
fun, but it is imperative to take this seriously.
This may be an uncomfortable procedure,
but it is necessary to stay ahead of cancer
Here in Texas we love to smoke our stogies, drink
our beer and live life large. We usually don't think
about any consequences to our actions or what we put
in our bodies. In 2009, 36,030 people died of cancer in
our great state. That's third in the nation in number
of cancer related fatalities, only behind California and
Florida. I know that cancer is not always caused by
what we put in our bodies, but we should be more
health conscious anyway. Cancer strikes without
warning, it attacks out grandmothers, sisters, broth-
ers, uncles, you name it.
If you are living with cancer, keep your chin up,
fight hard and never lose the will to live. Cancer is a
tough opponent, but it is not invincible.
I dedicate this article to my loving friend Shelly
Stillman, the strongest human being I have ever had
the privilege of knowing. I love you with all my heart
and you are forever in my thoughts.
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