Today a close family member was diagnosed with cancer. It’s the second close family member in the last couple of years to be diagnosed with cancer but experience does not make it any easier to take in. Nor does the fact that we’ve been waiting for the results of the biopsy for a couple of weeks mean that we were any more prepared for it.
Fortunately the prognosis is good. The detection is early and it seems that there will be treatment options. So we are optimistic. For this particular cancer more than 75% survive the disease for more than 5 years (in the 1970’s this was less than a third). And it seems that there are more than 293,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed in the UK each year at a rate of once every 2 minutes. More than 1 in 3 people will develop some form of it in their lifetime. Thankfully the average ten-year cancer survival rate has more than doubled over the last 30 years, thanks to advances in medical technology, early detection and ongoing research.
It certainly puts things into perspective – and makes me more determined than ever to give this my best shot and try raise as much money as possible to help combat this disease. It’s the least I can do.