One phrase: social perception.
us because we are taught from an early age to think of cancer as a kind of monster coming to devour us. This is true even when the cancer we may have simply isn't all that dangerous when compared to some other things that are, but things we weren't taught to fear as much.
Case in point: diabetes.
From the article linked below:"One out of three Americans have some type of diabetes. Seventy-nine million have pre-diabetes. Most of them don’t even know they have it."
"Diabetes is likely the largest single driver in the increase in domestic and global health care costs."
"Diabetes kills more people than breast cancer and AIDS combined."
"A lot of people don’t think of diabetes as being potentially fatal."
However, and is this not true, a diagnosis of cancer brings fear and an outpouring of sympathy, while a diagnosis of diabetes is likely to bring somewhat of a concern (but certainly not terror) along with a comment of something like "Well, take your insulin and you should be okay."Even though diabetes is likely much more dangerous!
People can go blind from diabetes! People can suffer amputation of limbs from diabetes!
And yet, again because of social perception, cancer is seen by so many of us as a much worse monster.
More education is needed, as the linked article argues. Yes, cancer is serious. But understanding just how much so, especially when compared with other things like diabetes that likely are truly more serious, can make people start looking at getting cancer with more perspective.https://www.diabetesdaily.com/blog/2013/03/why-do-canceraids-get-more-support-than-diabetes/
Chronic prostatitis (age 60 on)
BPH w/ urinary obstruction, 6/2011
Ongoing high PSA, 7/2011-12/2011
Biopsy, 12/2011: positive 3/12 (90%, 70%, 5%)
Gleason 6(3+3), T1c
No mets, PCa likely still organ contained
IMRT w/ HT (Lupron), 4/2012-6/2012
PSAs (since post-IMRT): 0.1 or lower