The thought of getting cancer, and having your life cut short years before it should, is a constant fear we live with in our modern world. You can be walking down the street completely healthy, having the time of your life, when you realize something doesn’t feel right. You go to the doctor complaining of your ailment, and that’s when everything changes: they’ve found something, and it’s not good. We have all known someone throughout our lives that has been affected by this heinous disease, and with all of the medical advances made in the last 50 years we have to question: why hasn’t a cure been found?
When examining the harsh truths of the world’s most complex disease, we can better understand the problems this killer daunts us with: the illusive mutation. “One of the most difficult challenges of treating cancer, which most do not consider, is that it does not act like a single disease, but multiple diseases at once,” says the graphic below. When the cells in our bodies come under attack from cancer, they aren’t just fighting off one attacker, but multiple attackers that morph and change to override our immune system and build tumors as altars to the cell gods — until there’s nothing left.
The aggressive mutation of these cells, among other factors, make a cure seem like it’s lightyears away. Still, as science and technology continue to progress, we continue to make strides in the race against this abominable disease.
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