Thoughts on cancer and racism

Today in Spain is Cancer Day – There are many different types of cancers and within each cancer type there are many different stages and levels of aggression so Cancer covers a huge range of illnesses. Statistics dont tell the full story because who takes statistics in rural Africa, Asia or South America – people get sick and die. In the US African American women and Black South African women are more likely to die of Breast Cancer – thats one set of statistics that is worth thinking about. No one should be dying of breast cancer in the 21st century. By the time the breast cancer is killing you it means the cancer has reached stage 4 ie it has passed into your blood stream, hit your lungs, liver or bones and that is what kills you – secondary cancer.

Breast cancer doesnt cause pain (not until it has spread to other parts of your body) so the only way to tell if you have it is by physical examination of your breasts and or a mamogram and scan. Where these are made available and people know about them – then women should not die of breast cancer. I had cancer – just decided to go to the well woman clinic for no particular reason and bang – cancer but worse cancer treatment. So my advice to those who can – is get your breasts examined regularly by a specialist nurse – in my case self-examination wouldnt have found anything because I didnt have a lump but a mass. I was lucky, the majority of women do not have access to basic medical care let alone blood tests, mamograms and scans.

Thinking about France and the abolition of slavery its worth noting that racism is like a cancer. It is destructive, aggressive and spoils peoples lives. It results in second rate education and reduces a persons chances of decent employment. Fortuantely, unlike body cancer, the treatment for racism is hard but its not painful – your hair doesnt fall out, bits of your body dont need to be cut off and you dont feel and look like crap during the treatment.

So to quote Rethabile once again – .

It’s hard, yet humans need to see other humans as just that: humans — and not as colour or as belonging to a group. People will always be outwardly different, which unfortunately puts other-feature humans in their vicinity on guard. With practice, this habit could go away, white ladies could stop switching their purse to the other side when approaching a black man.