Ignorance is NOT Bliss when it come to Cancer

There is a popular saying that 'ignorance is bliss.' Whilst this is true for a select few things, ignorance is certainly NOT bliss when it comes to cancer. As Horace Mann said, "There is nothing so costly as ignorance." As harsh as it is, with cancer, ignorance can sometimes mean death.
Being ignorant about cancer can mean that you don't know the various symptoms of different cancers, don't know how to prevent cancer and don't know what the risk factors for cancers are. Being unaware of these things means that you will be unlikely to recognise cancer symptoms before the disease has spread (become metastatic). You will be likely to do things that may increase your chance of developing cancer (or do nothing to decrease it). Also, if you have any risk factors for cancer, you will be unlikely to take measures to reduce their impact.

According to a National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre survey, one in five Australian women can't name one symptom of ovarian cancer (Cancer Australia, n.d).  The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance conducted a survey in which 89% of women were unaware of ovarian cancer symptoms before being diagnosed. However, 81% of the respondents realize in hindsight that symptoms existed before diagnosis (Ribbons to Remember, n.d).

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It is vital to be aware of cancer and its symptoms, risk factors and prevention methods. Make sure you have some understanding cancers (particularly the most common ones, such as breast, skin and lung cancers). If you think something may be disrupting your health, get in checked and don't play the ignorance card.

Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to cancer.

For some information about cancers, check out some of my other blog posts. Also, check out these websites:

Take care,
Madeleine Moore

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