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Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis by Kim Thiboldeaux, Mitch Golant, Mehmet Oz

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Chapter 1

Understanding Cancer

Cancer changes many of the day-to-day aspects of living, but the pursuit of happiness can go on during the fight for recovery if you want it to.

HAROLD BENJAMIN,

founder, The Wellness Community

(now the Cancer Support Community)

tHE NATIONAL CANCER ACT of 1971 declared a “War on Cancer” that started a significant crusade against a deadly disease. Since then, many strides have been made to improve early detection and develop safer and more effective treatments. In fact, the number of cancer survivors in the United States has quadrupled since 1970. Some cancers have had dramatic increases in cure rates, including Hodgkin’s disease; specific blood, testicular, and thyroid cancers; and some childhood cancers. Yet, as ...

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