Personal Statement: Breat Cancer

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“Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). It is the 2nd leading cause of death from cancer in Canadian women.” (Breast cancer statistics, 2013). Despite what cancer research arrived to in terms of ways to prevent breast cancer by identifying the risk factors, the early detection methods, and treatment; the Canadian cancer society still reports an alarming rate that based on year 2013, that 23,800 women estimated would be diagnosed with breast cancer, which 5000 would die from it. On average, 14 Canadian women will die from breast cancer every day.
Almost every family now has a member or knows a relative who is suffering from cancer, and I am one of them. My aunt, who I am very close to, was diagnosed with breast cancer on the right side about five years ago. The news was a surprise to all of us, especially because she was a healthy woman and we do not have a history of breast cancer in the family. Her recovery was a very hard, long road that all of us went through with her, but it was even tougher on her and her family. With family support, she went through intense chemotherapy treatment, where she responded positively, and was cancer free for four years. But during a regular screening last year, the doctors found another cancerous tumor affecting her left side breast. For all of us as a family, the news was a shock, because we all thought that it will not re-occur again. She started the fighting journey again, and until this date she is going through treatment, and with our support we hope that she defeats this illness. This experience I went through made me question the effectiveness of chemotherapy used to treat cancer, the pharmacology of the drugs used, and how we ca...

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In the future, I plan to finish my doctorate in pharmacology which would allow me to pursue my passion in pharmacology research, especially in cancer research and chemotherapy drug development, and your program offers excellent basis for my goal. I am a strongly motivated person, and I believe with my academic background and my work experience in the laboratory will help me excel in your program, and would allow me to contribute to the student diversity of Michigan State University.

Works Cited

1. Breast cancer statistics. (2013). Retrieved February 1, 2014, from Canadian Cancer society: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/breast/statistics/?region=on
2. The history of Aspirin: Who invented Aspirin and what is its history. (2012). Retrieved February 1, 2014, from Bayer Aspirin: http://stage.wonderdrug.com/pain/asp_history.htm

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