The Telegraph
| Sunday, February 3, 2013 |



Derek O'Brien

An old friend of mine still smiles. Still laughs. But inside, he is hurting. He is one of three million Indians suffering from the dreaded Big C. The world's oldest documented case of cancer is found in the Edwin Smith papyrus from Egypt, dated 1500 BC. The father of medicine, Hippocrates, a Greek physician, believed that the body was composed of four fluids: blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile; and that an excess of black bile in the body caused cancer. This was the general thought of the cause of cancer for the next 1,400 years. Hippocrates also gave the disease its name, calling it karkinos because he thought that the tumour resembled a crab. Perish these negative thoughts. Smile. Laugh... because for every cancer survivor (my friend too will be one, I pray) Life After Cancer is Worth Living.

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This year, World Cancer Day will focus on dispelling myths and misconceptions surrounding the killer disease under the tag line: Cancer — Did You Know? Let me do my bit by dispelling one such myth: The belief that hair dye causes brain cancer is not true and there is no medical evidence to suggest so.


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