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Sunday, 8 December 2013


We use the word cancer for the  group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth because Hippocrates thought the tumors looked like crabs.

In 1775 the senior surgeon at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, Percivall Pott, suggested that environmental factors were the cause of cancer. He pointed out that many males who had been chimney sweeps while boys later suffered from testicular cancer. He connected this with irritation caused by soot, and thus identified the first cancer-causing occupation.

In 1893 President Grover Cleveland underwent secret, successful surgery to remove a large, cancerous portion of his jaw. The operation wasn't revealed to the US public until 1917, nine years after the president's death.

The British singer Gracie Fields suffered from cancer of the cervix in 1939 and nearly died, but it went into remission following an operation. She received over 250,000 "get-well" cards.

Baseball star Babe Ruth was one of the first cancer patients to receive radiation and chemotherapy treatment simultaneously.

Bob Marley died of cancer on May 11, 1981. It originated from a football injury to his big toe, which didn’t heal properly. The wound eventually became malignant but tragically the reggae star's Rastafarian beliefs prevented him from having the toe amputated and the cancer spread throughout his body.

Each year globally, about 8 million people die from cancer

World-wide, one in every eight deaths is due to cancer.

A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Lung cancer kills more women than breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer combined.

Tobacco contains over 50 chemicals that can cause cancer.

The actor Yul Brynner died of lung cancer in 1985. After his death, he had a commercial aired: "Now that I'm gone, I tell you: 'Don't smoke, whatever you do, just don't smoke.'"

Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.

Very little cell division occurs in the human heart, since muscle cells grow rather than divide. Thus, heart cancer is extremely rare.

Your immune system destroys at least one cell every day that would have become cancer if it lived.

Copperhead venom (one of the most venomous snakes in the US) contains a protein that stops cancer cells from replicating.

The incidence of cancer among strict Mormons in Utah is only about half that among Americans in general.

One group, the Hunza in Northwest Kashmir, reportedly have not experienced cancer. The group is also said to have unusual longevity.

It has been reported in the UK medical journal The Lancet that some dogs are able to sniff out skin cancer.

Elephants rarely get cancer because they have 40 copies of genes that code for the tumor suppressor protein p53—humans have two.

Scientists believe sharks and rays are the only animals that never get cancer because they have cartilage not bones.

A study conducted at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia found that facial hair can prevent skin cancer against 90 to 95 percent of harmful UV rays.

There's a service called "Cleaning for a Reason" in the U.S. and Canada that cleans the houses of women with cancer for free so they can focus on their health.


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