Man beats cancer – or man gives himself cancer?

Man beats cancer – or man gives himself cancer?

This is the kind of ‘beating cancer’ story that I find really disturbing. In the Guardian article, the photograph is captioned ‘Jonathan Acott: ‘I wanted to prove that I would not be beaten by my cancer.’ So, at first sight it’s about a remarkable man who has used increasingly extreme forms of exercise to beat cancer three times. He says that: ‘Working with researchers...

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If cancer survivors are heroes where does that leave the people who die?

If cancer survivors are heroes where does that leave the people who die?

In this blog, Andrew Graystone makes some interesting points about the way we talk about cancer. For instance, I had no idea that it was Richard Nixon who turned cancer from a shameful secret into a very public war. Like Andrew, I feel uncomfortable with the battle analogy but for slightly different reasons. While he doesn’t necessarily want to turn his body into a war zone, I hate the...

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