“There are only a handful of exceedingly rare diseases whose diagnoses can engender as much fear and anxiety as the diagnosis of cancer. The word ‘malignancy’ alone is so pervasively menacing as to conjure the image of a malevolent being crawling through a loved one’s body…or the darkest of poisons seeping through their veins.” -Shane Dormady, MD, PhD
52 Days: The Cancer Journalis the true story of one woman’s heroic battle with a rare and aggressive cancer that persistently sought to take her life and left her in a coma for nearly two weeks. This awe-inspiring narrative is told through the eyes of her son-in-law who fastidiously documented the emotional stages that the cancer survivor and her loved ones navigated – disbelief, helplessness, despair, fear and sometimes even hope. 52 Days: The Cancer Journalis a must read for anyone who has been touched by cancer’s pervasive reach and especially for someone who has been diagnosed with cancer and is fighting for his or her life.
Jordan Lane lives with his wife and daughter in El Segundo, California. He is also the author of The Babysitting Bible. Jordan holds a degree in History and a Masters in Public Administration. Find Jordan online www.52daysTheCancerJournal.com and on Twitter @JordanDLane
Men 1 in 2 & Women 1 in 3 - Lifetime Probability of developing Cancer
1,638,910 - Estimated US Cancer Cases in 2012
66% - Cancer Survival rates for White Americans
58% - Cancer Survival rates for African Americans
577,190 - Estimated US Cancer Deaths in 2012
1,500 - Estimated US Cancer Deaths per day in 2012
173,200 - Estimated US Cancer Deaths from tobacco use in 2012
33% - Percent of US Cancer Deaths in 2012 from obesity, physical inactivity and poor nutrition
29% - Percent of men who have cancer who will die from lung & bronchus related cancer
14% - Percent of women who have cancer who will die from breast cancer
$226.8 Billion - The National Institute of Health estimate of the over-all costs of cancer in 2007.
What Is Cancer?
Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. If the spread is not controlled, it can result in death. Cancer is caused by both external factors (tobacco, infectious organisms, chemicals, and radiation) and internal factors (inherited mutations, hormones, immune conditions, and mutations that occur from metabolism). These causal factors may act together or in sequence to initiate or promote the development of cancer. Ten or more years often pass between exposure to external factors and detectable cancer. Cancer is treated with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapy.
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