BREAST CANCER GUIDE: WRITTEN FOR THOSE WITHOUT AN ACADEMIC BACKGROUND IN BIOLOGY
AuthorWILLIAMS, ARIANNA LEIGH
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThroughout my undergraduate career, I have taken many classes that addressed the topic of cancer. It is one of the modern mysteries of biology. In discussions with other molecular and cellular biology students, one of the most frequent questions that we are asked is: “Why haven’t they cured cancer yet?” It is a valid question, as well as one that highlights the disconnect that seems to exist between current biological research and the general public. My grandmother had breast cancer and it was never fully explained to her what was happening within her body, what the treatments would do to her and the cancer. At least, not in a way that she could understand. They used medical jargon and scientific names that were confusing to her. This inspired me to write a breast cancer guide for my Honors thesis. The goal is to provide accurate scientific information in language that is accessible to someone with or without a significant background in biology. “Cancer” is a terrifying word because its true meaning is unknown to many people. Hopefully, this guide can provide valuable information and knowledge that can help cancer seem less scary and overwhelming. A greater understanding of the disease could bring comfort to cancer patients as well as their families and friends.
Degree ProgramMolecular and Cellular Biology