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Lifestyle risks was posted 03/31/2012 01:35 pm by Jonathan
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I had a few of these and was diagnosed at 46yo, a bit young for the average. Maybe smoking had something to do with it, maybe it was drinking, I was a big drinker for years but quit completely 5 years before I was diagnosed. Actually yesterday was 8 years since my last drink of alcohol ever. I was overweight but not obease, everyone in my family fits that description and yet no other cases of PC in ant history we can remember or currently except me.

The frustrating part of these 'risk factors' is there hasn't been enough research into them to get close to calling any of them causes. I think they are getting close on a genetic link and I'm highly suspicious of the chemical exposure facet.

Maybe when the research is done and hopefully gets us closer to and actual list of causes we will be closer to a means of early detection. That in itself could be a huge game-changer for many.many folks who are diagnosed. The treatment path is still no fun with early detection but the prognosis of survival quadruples. Even then it's not that great but for someone fighting this disease going from a 6% chance to @ 20% is a big boost in hope.

Possibly my choices earlier in life have me in this situation, I doubt that if I had known more about risk factors or even causes that my choices would have been much different. It's rare that you will find a person who does everything 'right' to avoid all diseases and all cancers. I'm sure there are some out there and my hat is off to them but most people don't have that knowledge or level of commitment to their health, there is always a balancing act between trying to do whats right for our bodies and enjoying our lifestyle choices that may be good for our soul and mind. Many of my bad choices were things that I enjoyed and some quit working for me and had to go. PC took care of me being overweight quite nicely, that's no longer a worry. I still eat some things that I probably shouldn't from time to time. I still smoke and know that's not good, but I enjoy it and it does seem to help me in other ways. Quitting now seems like putting new paint on a car with extensive body damage. I still need to seek some balance between doing what's 'right' and living life the way I choose to and enjoy, it actually seems to be a more important decision than ever before at this point since the ever-present thought that I may have a limited amount of life left.

I can't to too worked up about what some scientist thinks most of the time since I know that at this point even for them it's largely a guessing game. And if we are all just guessing I'm gonna do a little of my own and do what makes me happy. Getting resentful over over some Phd's opinion doesn't fit into what makes me happy.

Hope you all have a great weekend, as free from worry and stress as your situation will allow. Everything here is just my humble opinion and if you don't agree please don't take any offense, if some of it helps I'm glad and whatever doesn't fit for you please just leave it behind. life's too short to be upset by the rantings of some fool.

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