For many of us, cancer is a heartbreaking, devastating word. We don’t want to talk about it because we see it everywhere – we hear about a beloved celebrity losing their life to the disease, or a young child who has just been diagnosed with leukemia in need of funds. In our own personal sphere, the chances are that we know someone among our family and friends who have had cancer.
There is so much we don’t understand about the disease – and much of this comes from the sheer injustice of who cancer affects. People who have taken care of their body, people who have treated others kindly, and innocent children who have barely begun life – all are suddenly in the grasp of this mysterious disease that turns the body against itself. However, things are changing. We are, slowly, beginning to learn more about cancer. It’s not just about finding treatments that work but also about recognizing signals early, and even adopting alternative lifestyles that help reduce the chance of getting cancer.
We owe it to our children
We don’t need to emphasize why researching cancer is important. Many people will already give to cancer charities as well as help raise money for the cause. There are those who give to cancer research after having lost a loved one, or recovered from cancer themselves – they are celebrating being a survivor, or they want to honor the memory of those they have lost. They believe that if we can keep working towards more solutions for preventing, identifying, and treating cancer, then we can help future generations.
Long-standing cancer support foundations such as the Institut Curie need funding in order to keep many operations running smoothly; these include social missions, fundraising efforts, and operating costs. Undeniably, research is important – not just because of what it may offer to current generations. The more we understand about cancer, the more we are better able to treat it. Now, thanks to cancer research, we see individuals whose cancer has been identified during its early stages and who have benefited from proactive treatment – millions of lives have been saved. With further research, we are able to offer the same to our children – and perhaps even find a cure.
Through cancer research, we are constantly learning about alternative therapies, healthy diets, and different lifestyles, as well as new medications and treatments. We are helping people to have a longer life and get the closure with the loved ones they need, while helping others to overcome cancer completely. Fatality rates of certain cancers are falling, and we are making progress in beating the disease. It’s not just about being close to a cure but also about continuing to offer a dignified quality of life, whether it’s ensuring sufferers have the right facilities accessible to them or the right to have no pain. We need cancer research because we recognize that everyone matters – and we owe it to our children to work towards a future where cancer no longer takes away those we love.