Section 1: Cancer

1.1] The chances are that you will know someone affected by cancer, perhaps someone close to you. In the Western World one in three people are affected in some way by cancer. The following well-known personalities have died from cancer: Napoleon Bonaparte, Sigmund Freud, King George IVth, Bobby Moore, Iain Banks, David Bowie. Film and T/V personalities Richard Briers, (The Good Life), Linda Bellingham, (All Creatures Great and Small), Carol Keating (Blue Peter), Alan Rickman, (Professor Snape in eight ‘Harry Potter’ films), Terry Wogan and Victoria Wood (various memorable roles), and music composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Young people can also have cancer, though it is much less common than in older adults. Here are a few thoughts from Amrik who was 18 years old when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system).