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I'm sat in a pub with a mate for a few drinks....and a friend of my mates walks in.... his wife has recently had a double mastectomy and the following results indicate that all of the cancer hasn't been removed.

10 / 15 years ago I knew only 1 in a few hundred people who had cancer.

Today... it seems as though who doesn't know someone who hasn't / doesn't have cancer.

Have we become so more advanced in detecting cancer or what??

I'm the first to admit I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer.... but what's going on ???
 

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Maybe we are just living longer? or like you say, better at detecting it?
I admit I'm confused by all the cancer cases, it's such a horrible disease :(.
 

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I haven't been directly affected by it yet (close family) .... but I just wonder... is it due to something ''man made'' ???

Unhealthy, unnatural products we consume ??
 

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Better early detection is definatly one of the reasons why it seems more prevelant, be it the public themselves being more clued up on what to look for or advances in blood tests/ screening programs. As Joyce says the fact that we are living longer means that the risk malignancy is increased.
 
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Its called getting old. Law of averages dictates you'll know more people who died "young" as you get older.
 

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Up until 2 years ago I didn't know anyone with cancer or have any friends who knew anyone with cancer, then I found out my gran had stage 4 cervical cancer and since then it's all I hear about and more and more people I know or have met has found out they have cancer.

It's a strange old world and I personally think it's down to do with us getting older so we have more chance of knowing someone who has it :(
 

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I tend to concur. I think it is more prevalent, however am sure an official statistic exists to either confirm or dispel this.

Being a bit of a conspiracy theorist, I actually think that there are things we are not being told with regards to radiation and the like. Also - could this 'spike' in cases be down to incidents like Chernobyl? I am led to believe there are parts of the UK that still can't be cultivated as a result. . . . . . . . . .
 
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I think Chris155 is right in that by just being older, you'll know of a lot more people who have it or have had it.

But I think statistics will also show that certain types of cancer are on the up - and it isn't easy to explain why.
 

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I think there is more of a willingness to talk about cancer these days.

As some of you may know I have prostate cancer and I decided that everyone should know.
I wasn't going to keep it a secret so I gradually told all my friends and relations.

What surprised me was that a number of them (fellas) had exactly the same cancer but
hadn't or couldn't talk about it. Most seemed relieved to have a fellow sufferer to compare
notes.

Both my parents had cancer but neither would use the word cancer... it was always 'illness'

I think it is a generation/education thing and the more we talk about it the sooner we dispel the
taboos and start living our lives.
 
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Good point GJ. Talking about this stuff can do nothing but good. I guess the only possible danger is speculation about what might/might not cause it, which can lead to being scared to do this/do that, or eat this/eat that.

I had an 'investigation' in that region recently and when I mentioned it at work a load of guys piped up and said the same thing. And of course, the more you know about these matters, the more you know what's 'normal' and what isn't - and that's very important because if you know your situation's not normal because you've spoken to people about it, then you can decide to get it looked into.
 

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GJ, I didn't want to talk about cancer and I've kept it to myself for a while now but a man I love and admire has prostrate cancer.

It's in the advanced stages and has migrated to the bone, he isn't getting any surgery or Chemo it's too far advanced he's on Hormone therapy to see if they can slow it down and we won't know if they have succeeded till his next test in January.

John Robinson my father in law is a true gentleman and one of the nicest blokes I've ever met, the stories he's told me about working on Lancaster Bombers made me fell like a little boy being told stories by his dad :)
 

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HM .... mine also is advanced and has reached the bone..... but I am on chemo.
plus the hormone therapy.... the idea being to knock it as far back as possible.

I wish your friend all the very best. :)
 

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Returning to the original point for a minute, I believe to an extent it's man made in part caused by unhealthy habits ie junk food, smoking pollution Etc. I also think to a point it's heridatary; both my grandmother and mother died in their early 60's with it and now I have it. I also think that many more people are diagnosed with it now is down to much better medical skills in identifying and detecting it and also defining some as cancer which were previously unknown.
For my part, getting diagnosed was hell. It took many visits to GP with one or two symptoms to get referred to a renal specialist who was looking for something else and it was he, while looking for something else that saw something he didn't like and referred me to oncology. Looking back, there were several other albeit minor things going on that all make sense now, we live and learn. I have no problems discussing it but want life to carry on as normal. I don't want to be defined by my illness and don't want pity Etc.

Life's a *****........................

NB this is jolly just before Christmas.
 

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I think GJ is right about the previous generation not using the word 'cancer'. My grandmother died when I was about 16 but I never found out that it was breast cancer until a few years ago when my mother died of the same thing.

I've had bladder cancer and a couple of years ago was diagnosed (incorrectly) with lung cancer and made sure all the family and close friends knew. I was determined not to use words like lump or growth - tell it like it is and dispel the taboo.
 

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Cheers GJ, I'm just enjoying the time I have with my Pa in Law, he's happy and we all know that he's not going to live forever but that said none of us are.

Here's to Christmas cheer and happy times :thumbs:
 

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I read that recently, PR.

One of the Mums at school was diagnosed with breast cancer and it was such a shock as she fits all the critera of having a heathy lifestyle. She has undergone treatment and is braving it well.
 

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I haven't been directly affected by it yet (close family) .... but I just wonder... is it due to something ''man made'' ???

Unhealthy, unnatural products we consume ??
Think yourself lucky B.
It's like a lottery and doesn't care who it picks.

Some remain untouched and some get much more than their fair share.

BUTT can strike anyone at any age at any time.

It probably always has been with us as how accurate were the causes of death years ago.

Pomeo
 

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I work in oncology, and I can tell you that improved rates of detection make a massive difference, for two major reasons:

Cancers are being detected much earlier, and much more accurately.

Because they're caught earlier, and because they are better understood and treated, people live a lot longer with cancer.

There are various reasons why you didn't used to know so many people with cancer, some alluded to above, but a major one is that people simply didn't used to, as a rule, survive long once they were diagnosed. I'm pleased to say, that has changed a great deal.
 
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