Cancer Awareness

Alice Mancilla, The Scroll, Op-Ed Editor

Although many people around the world know of cancer, not many know what the disease is or how it affects the body. According to cancer.org, cancer is a group of diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. Approximately  1.8 million people get diagnosed with cancer every year. 

1 in every 3 people will get cancer at least once in their life. There are many different types of cancer, such as breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, and leukemia. Many people are affected by cancer because they themselves have it or a family member or close friend has it. Many consider fighting cancer as hopeless because there is no cure, but there are approximately 16.9 million cancer survivors in the U.S. alone. It is recommended to have checkups with the doctor’s office often. If you or a loved one are experiencing cancer symptoms such as extreme fatigue, weight loss or gain, strange bruising or bleeding, headaches, or lumps on the skin then you should tell your doctor. The symptoms of cancer depend on the type of cancer that you have, but for more symptoms click here.

 Students can help cancer patients and help raise funding for research through associations such as the American Association of Cancer Research, which is currently having a year long fundraiser called Play to End Cancer 2021. This program allows its volunteers to join or create a group that will play video games while livestreaming. During the livestream, volunteers and viewers can donate or purchase items that will go to the foundation to help fund cancer research. To sign up for this program click here. If you would like to sign up or know about any fundraising events, join the program’s Discord, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. If you are interested in this event or want to join other events that aid in funding cancer research, go to the American Association of Cancer Research website. 

Anyone, even a high school student, can make a difference in cancer research and funding. It’s best to spread awareness regarding cancer because of how common and fatal this disease is. By telling others about events or fundraisers and urging them to volunteer, you are positively impacting people with cancer, helping find a cure.