Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Farewell Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze died from pancreatic cancer at age 57. He had starred in movies such as "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost." According to CNN, Swayze passed away peacefully. Dr. George Fisher, revealed in early March 2008 that Swayze had pancreatic cancer. Sometimes it's hard to believe how quickly cancer can take a life.

What's sad is that Swayze had a history of drinking heavily and smoking. Swayze had advanced pancreatic cancer that had spread to other organs. Could his pancreatic cancer been prevented had he lived a healthier lifestyle? Could he still be alive if he wasn't a drinker or a smoker? So many celebrities fall into problems with drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. We see many celebrities drinking under the influence, needing alcohol rehab, or some who kill themselves from drug overdoses.

Farewell Patrick Swayze. I hope that other people may become more educated about pancreatic cancer and the risk factors associated with this terrible disease. I sincerely hope that those (including celebrities) who can change their lifestyle habits would do so to reduce their risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

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