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Originally posted by Wirral Bagpuss
I am tired of seeing my family and friends being wiped out by the insideous disease that is cancer. My Mother died in 2002 from it, as did her Mother. Other members of the family have also died from it as well. I recently learnt last week that someone else in the family has it and i was also terribly upset to hear Edward Hardwicke had died of cancer last week as well. He and i corresponded for a time back in 2009. i have also lost friends to the disease. In other words i have grown up with the shadow of cancer hanging over like a malevelont presence.
What i really fear though and often wonder is the following. USA and Russia during the 1950s and early 1960s conducted above ground testing of nuclear weapons, these were big nukes as well. Now i know radiation lasts thousands of years and the fallout spreads far and wide. Is this still affecting our planet today. Could these tests be responsible for alot of cancer deaths over the decades and still be causing them even now?
What about industrial accidents like Chernobyal? When i was at University i had to do a study of the environmental impact of the accident and i came across an article which i think was either in the Geographical magazine or in Nature that said that the fallout from Chernobyl would kill hundreds of thousands over the decade following the accident and i would say that would still be applicable today because of the longevity of radiation.
It just seems to me that the level of cancer deaths around the world is on the rise. How many people have you known and loved died from this dreadful disease, one? Two? or even more?
The sooner a cure for cancer is found the better. I for one am sick and tired of seeing those i love and care about die from this dreadful disease. The scars and pain it leaves behind are too horrendous. I would not wish it on anyone else.