What’s in a Name? Redefining “Cancer”

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The word “cancer” is often accompanied by other words–“dread” and “fear” among them.  Ulysses S. Grant died of throat cancer (possibly related to all the cigars he smoked) in 1885. Newspapers described his slow, agonizing demise in lurid detail (much of it fabricated), including words such as “horror” and “revulsion” in their highly sensationalist copy.[1] […]