As sentient beings, we all know that we will die someday, but by the same token, we all fear of death. Even if death sounds really scary, all of us are willing not only to take high risks but also to subject ourselves to dangers throughout our whole lives, regardless of whether we realize it or not. Why is it so? It is simply because none of us believes in the ephemeral nature of life. When death comes to strangers, to our neighbors, to our blood relatives, and even to our family members, we still serenely live with the mentality that death will never come to us. Before we are diagnosed with a lethal illness, we live as if our lives would last forever. On the contrary, after we learn that we have a serious health issue or carry a death-defying sickness which will soon lead to demise, we act as if death was a totally new concept to us. Why have we never thought of death when we fly? Why have we never thought of death when we drive on a highway? Why have we never thought of death when we surf in the ocean? Why have we never thought of death when we are involved in a risky business? Why do we have to wait until when we are on the brink of death then become terrified of it all of a sudden? The answer is that before we are on the verge of dying, our mind refuses to accept the concept of "death". Hence, we all feel unperturbed talking about death. It is painless as if we chat about food, discuss about clothes, talk about the weather, or sing the alphabet song. Cancer: Prevention Is Better Than Cure lucidly gives us a friendly but serious wake up call.
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