'Culturally, we have very clear ideas about cancer: what someone with cancer looks like, how it must feel, and even what it says about those who get diagnosed.
This means those with the disease are exposed to a range of cultural logics that misrepresent the experience of cancer, and can even induce distress and shame.
Alexandra Gibson, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Sociology, UNSW Australia, Alex Broom, Professor of Sociology, UNSW Australia and Zarnie Lwin, Senior Lecturer, Royal Brisbane Hospital, The University of Queensland argue that blaming cancer patients for engaging in a lifestyle that puts them at increased risk of developing cancer doesn't help anyone.
Finally, note this statement, which is of particular relevance to those with CLL, where we are yet to discover any strong causative links:
'While it’s important to take care of ourselves, we need to remember that not all cancers are preventable. The fact is, one in two men and one in three women will develop cancer in their lifetime, often regardless of their life choices.'