When it comes to cancer, time is often of the essence, as it is a disease that spreads--slowly, in some cases, but very quickly in others--from one part of the body to the next. For example, cancer could start in the lymph nodes of the neck, but, if untreated, it could then move through the network of lymph nodes in the body. This ability to spread is what makes lymphoma--the type of cancer that attacks the lymph nodes--so dangerous.
Drug and alcohol addiction is a significant problem in the United States. Nearly anyone with a family history of addiction knows just how destructive alcohol and drugs can be. They also understand how difficult it is for the addicted person to seek help, to accept help and to recover.