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What Is Scarier Than Cancer?

Friday November 1 2019, 4:25pm

What Is Scarier Than Cancer?

News of research success with many forms of cancer are encouraging.

Still, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. But this statistic includes people from birth. Life expectancy has improved along with complete remission.

We don’t hear of remission from dementia.  Reported cures are non-existent with cases of dementia.

This reality causes dementia to be more feared than cancer by individuals over 50 years of age by a ratio of 10 to 1.

As we plan for retirement and expected pleasures, we fear losing our money and our mind.

Back in 1906 Dr. Alois Alzheimer identified unusual physical, structural changes of brain tissue in mental patients following their deaths.

But before the 1970’s, when one became old and exhibited memory loss, one became senile.

With research, symptoms were identified and defined into specific root causes and behaviors.

Dementia is so named from the Latin words ‘de’, or without, and ‘mens’ or mind. As often happens when a health challenge is first identified, the name is not fully accurate.

There are dozens of identified dementia syndroms.  Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia (VaD), and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) are the most common forms of dementia.

Other forms identified under the umbrella of dementia are:

Lewy Body dementia      30% of Parkinson’s patients develop Lewy Body dementia.

Traumatic Brain injury

Pick’s disease

Huntington’s disease

AIDS related dementia

Korsakoff’s Syndrome

Down’s Syndrome

Although there is no cure for dementia, care has improved enormously to provide comfort and quality of life.  

 

What Is Scarier Than Cancer?

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