Activity 3.1.1 Cancer
Name of Person:
Age Diagnosed with Cancer:
Type of Cancer:
Possible Risk Factors:
Other Pertinent Information:
68 Years Old
Did not have children until they were in their late thirties
Was a smoker until she was 45 and drinks alcohol socially.
Mother and sister both had breast cancer
Genetic screening done at 25.
Inherited a mutated BRCA1 gene = increased chance of developing breast cancer. tumor was malignant
Cancer spread to her liver
8 Years Old
Rosemary’s mother expressed concerns that she had been exposed to radiation during the beginning months of her pregnancy. developing swollen lymph nodes around her neck and in her underarms
Diagnosed within one month.
Variety of chemotherapy treatments
73 Years Old
Late stage Bladder Cancer
Father died of colon cancer.
Recently stopped smoking at 50.
Bladder was surgically removed.
Worked on the farm until his sixties.
Given chemotherapy, but cancer spread to his bones already
Died a year and a half after the diagnosis.
4 Years Old
Losing her balance
Frequently sleeping a lot.
Surgeon was not able to remove the entire tumor
Quickly spread to spine. Chloe died at the age of six.
History of high blood pressure in family.
14 Years Old
Osteosarcoma pain in his knee, joint developed a limp. fatigued and started to lose weight
Treated with chemotherapy
No history of cancer in family.
21 Years Old
lump in his testicle that was causing him pain. surgery to remove the testicle and was given radiation therapy father had testicular cancer when he was younger
(African- American Heritage)
65 Years Old
At 53, he was diagnosed w/ diabetes.
Removed the cancer cells and treated w/ radiation.
Smoked young and was a heavy drinker.
Small business owner and was active in community.
Died w/in 2 years: Heart attack.
32 Years Old
Spent a lot of time sun bathing.
Abnormally shaped & discolored mole on her neck.
Older sister Emily had: Basal Cell Carcinoma.
Melanoma was in early stages
Now wears sunscreen & avoids excessive UV exposure.
(Puerto Rican Heritage)
36 Years Old
Sexually transmitted infection in her during a routine pap smear.
Trying to quit smoking for the last five years.
Strict Vegan diet.
Has follow-up pap smears.
Cryosurgery was used to remove the precancerous cells.
11 Years Old
Night sweats, coughing a lot & having trouble breathing.
Began to feel itchy all of the time.
Henry’s grandfather, died from Pancreatic Cancer at 71. Radiation & Chemotherapy treatments put him in remission.
Relapsed four years later
Received an autologous transplant.
52 Years Old
high blood pressure medicine
What trends or patterns do you see?
1. What conclusions can you draw about who is at risk for developing cancer?
2. Is there a way to predict who is going to get cancer, when they will get it, and what type of cancer it will be? Why or why not?
3. How do you think a person’s lifestyle can affect his or her chances of developing cancer?
4. How do you think a person’s age can affect his or her chances of developing cancer?
5. Why is early detection and treatment of cancer so important?