Genetic Or Hereditary?

Written by Michael Wiggins

This is Michael. Today is 9/11, and every year during Childhood cancer Awareness Month, the 9/11 anniversary obviously occurs. Today is the 15th anniversary of that tragic and life altering day. So many lives were viciously taken, and so many others were sadly affected for their remaining years. Those lost that day will not be forgotten, nor those that have died since fighting against the evil that caused the destruction that day. We honor them today.

I often think of the parallels between the loss experienced that day and the reality of children diagnosed with a form of pediatric cancer. There are so many similarities. I will leave it at that.

Did you know that we still as a modern health society have no idea or clue as to what causes cancer in children? People often ask me "do you think it's genetic?" or "could it be hereditary?" or "can it be caused by where you live?", etc. There is plenty of evidence in the cancer research studies that cancer is not inherited in adults; however, there is not much evidence explaining why children develop caner at such a young age. This opens a door for people to wonder if cancer in children is actually hereditary. However, there is better evidence claiming that cancer is genetic. Genetic means that the genes of the person cause the disease. Hereditary means that it is passed through the genes from generation to generation. Because the definitions of hereditary and genetic are so close, it is clear to why many people my believe cancer is hereditary. Source: The Effects Pediatric Cancer has on Both the Child and the Family (Oklahoma State University Press)

Cannonball Kids' cancer Foundation is dedicated to funding clinical research trials for all forms of cancer found only in children. Will you help us? Someday, we will know the answers to the questions raised above, and a cure will be found for pediatric cancers. It will happen. Let's make it happen sooner than later.

Funding = Research = Cure

Thank you.