That was a nice, brief and to-the-point piece. Thanks for posting it, Fed. It brought me back to the popular confusion that is at the core of many misconceptions about the cause of any individual's cancer. To judge from the questions I've been asked, many people seem to think that cancer can only be caused by (a) hereditary factors or (b) conscious (and dangerous) lifestyle choices. I almost suspect there's a subconscious blame game going on: it's either the fault of the parents or the fault of the patient. My response is usually that the mere fact of living (that is, eating, breathing, etc.) raises the prospect of cancer such that this (a) vs (b) way of looking at cancer is simply wrong. Most cancer survivors (for example, TC survivors) were not diagnosed because they inherited a gene or because they lived life on the edge.
TC1: 1996, right orchiectomy, seminoma stage I 3.5 cm mass, radiation therapy (peri-aortic & pelvic 27.3 Gy)
TC2: 2008, left orchiectomy, seminoma stage IA 5 cm mass, left & right prostheses, AndroGel TRT, surveillance at MSKCC