Cancer: It’s Not Just for Old Folks Anymore

First, there is Julie — breast cancer, age 48

Then, a few of the famous:

Lance Armstrong, bicyclist — testicular cancer, age 25
Melissa Etheridge, singer — breast cancer, age 43
Dan Shapiro, psychologist and author — Hodgkins’ disease, age 20
Sheryl Crow, singer — breast cancer, age 44
Audre Lorde, poet — breast cancer, age 44
Gilda Radner, comedian — ovarian cancer, age 40
Christina Applegate, actor — breast cancer, age 37
Scott Hamilton, skater — testicular cancer, age 39

And the not-so-famous:

Yvonne, a woman in a cancer workshop I attended — breast cancer, age 48
Cheryl, my roommate from graduate school — breast cancer, age 47
Kim, a friend from my online survivorship workshop — breast cancer, age 41
“Rotorhead,” another participant in that workshop — colon cancer, age 42
M____, a third participant in the workshop — bladder cancer, age 26
Janet, an acquaintance from the neighborhood — colon cancer, age 42
A colleague of my sister — breast cancer, age 26
Marta, a friend — ovarian cancer, age 47

And all those whose testimonials appear on Stupidcancer.com (I’m Too Young for This!), which tells us that 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer every year (http://i2y.com).

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