Your chances of developing cancer in your lifetime are …

Drum roll please …

“1 in 2 for men, 1 in 3 for women.”

Let me say that in a different way, “50% of men and 33% of women are likely to develop cancer in their lifetime.”

I have no idea whether that is a well-known fact, a little-known fact or even a fact at all.

This little todbit is offered in the Review for the Kindle Single ‘Controlling Cancer: A Powerful Plan for Taking On the World’s Most Daunting Disease’ by Paul Ewald and Hillary Swain Ewald.  The focus of their book, based on the reviews and description (I have not read it … but may), is the prevention of cancer.

How much do we hear in the mainstream media and via our family physicians about cancer prevention?  Maybe your experience is different from mine … but from my lifetime perspective of 58 years … nada … 0%.

So how much do you hear about cancer prevention? And what are your typical sources?

From my perspective what I have heard, what has been drilled in me by the medical profession is a focus on early detection of cancer … the earlier in its development we find it the better the odds of fighting it successfully (BTW – that was not the case in my situation.)

Is that what you have typically heard?

For me, I have Stage IV Metastatic Colon Cancer.  This is not at all a question about, ‘How did this happen?’  I have accepted my cancer and I am trusting, praying and fighting through it … only God knows the outcome … and that is good enough for me.

But I do have a wife, four daughters, four granddaughters and two grandsons who currently are cancer-free … my question is ‘What do they need to know and what do they need to be doing to remain cancer-free and beat the odds stated above?’

And I also want to raise your awareness of these cancer odds … something we all need to be aware of.

The comment floor is wide-open for you to continue this conversation …


About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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