Friday, September 13, 2013

Baseball & How Tumor Research May Be Related

By Rob Sutter

Recently, it seems like the subject of tumor research has found its way into baseball. For those who aren't familiar with the sport or perhaps do not keep up with the news, recently Darren Daulton was diagnosed, which is an unfortunate piece of news. While this is definitely newsworthy, what I did not think about at the time was how many actual cases have occurred in the sport. It's a subject that deserves the attention of this kind of research since one coincidence has seemingly occurred after another.

A written piece on talked about how Daulton had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, which is considered to be the most aggressive growth in tumor research. Any authority on the matter, Voices against Brain Cancer included, would be able to tell you the same. There have been other names in the sport as well who have passed away because of this condition, Gary Carter and Ken Brett just to name a few. Each of these men had played catcher in their time, which is something to consider.

Steroids are some of the most commonly utilized substances in sports and baseball is one of them. Football can be considered another one of them - albeit to a somewhat smaller degree - and one of the more prominent cases has got to be with defensive lineman known as Lyle Alzado. He passed away in 1992 but it was later revealed that he had made use of anabolic steroids throughout his career. Brain lymphoma was what he had but I think that this is a point to bring up nonetheless.

Is it possible that these factors are connected to this cancer type in some way or another? I think that it's a possibility but you have to keep in mind that no one knows where exactly this type of cancer comes about from. We do not exactly know why this condition is seen individuals, so maybe there is evidence that said factors can be linked together. I believe that we'll find better results and that we will be able to make better conclusions as to where this condition stems from.

It's been said that this condition has a higher risk of being seen as one becomes older, so maybe this was the case for Daulton. He has been a retired ball player for quite some time so I think that it would be a fair assumption. Whatever your viewpoint on the matter may be, it's hard to argue with the idea that about 18,000 Americans are afflicted with this condition each year. My only hope is that even more results on the matter happen to rise to the surface because of tumor research.

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