An Enigma Called Cancer
Akhand Gyan - English|October 2019
An Enigma Called Cancer
A 65 year old gentleman, an ex-army Apersonnel walked into my OPD a couple of days back.
Dr Asit Arora MS MCH (GI Surgery)

Nobody could tell by looking at him that he was the patient, let alone the fact that he was harbouring a terminal pancreatic cancer which had grown beyond the realms of cure. As soon as you disclose this to the unsuspecting patient, a volley of questions follows- 'Why me doc? I never had alcohol, never smoked, I am a strict vegetarian, have been leading a disciplined life. What did I do that I am inflicted by this?'

Frankly speaking, we don't have an exact answer to this, but yes, a close understanding can be gained through a simple analogy of a road accident. Just imagine cancer as an accident. If one drives under the influence of alcohol, uses cell phone while driving, or over speeds, the chances of meeting with an accident increases. However, it does not mean that a sober person following all the traffic rules will never meet with an accident. Nor does it imply that every drunk driver is going to crash! But, obeying rules will certainly improve your safety and that too very significantly. Same is true with cancer– If you want to reduce the chance of a cellular accident (cancer), it is better that you play by the rule!

To understand it clearly, we need to know what cancer is actually.

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October 2019