Sunday, 5 February 2012
WORLD CANCER DAY 2011: HENRIETTA LACKS
Yesterday, February 4th was WORLD CANCER DAY. My support to all people dealing with cancer and to their families. Keep fighting! You're an example to everyone of us!
I'd also want to share with you the story of a woman whose cancer helped the world. Henrietta's cells have been cultured and examined since the 50's and have helped hundreds of scientists develop studies around the world.
Henrietta's inmortal cells are known as THE HELA LINE, and have become one of the most important tools in medicine.
Read more about this fascinating story of illness, discrimination, ethics and investigation in the novel THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot.
As the tagline of the novel says, CANCER KILLED HER AND THEN MADE HER IMMORTAL