Several factors are responsible for the determination of the health of a person. It is the result of genetic inheritance, personal activities, and his admittance to quality health care. There are also certain social and cultural factors that are responsible for the health of a person. Also, a sick person’s attitude towards disease is a result of his cognitive abilities, his sociocultural position, and his current stage of life. I am also suffering from cancer and my opinions are the result of all these factors (Atlas et al., 2014). I am a younger person suffering from cancer. I am also fighting cancer with complementary and alternative methods and there is only little success. My cognitive abilities provide me with the will to fight cancer and get a healthy life. For this purpose, I also sometimes go for such treatments that are painful. But with the hope of getting better, I still continue them.
My perspectives and resultant behaviors related to cancer are getting affected by numerous sociocultural factors. Cultural factors consist of my beliefs regarding the disease, different customs, and practices. I belong to the western culture that has a belief in medication for the treatment of cancer and I am pursuing the same belief. Also, cancer is prevailing in our family and my sister is also fighting cancer and having the same treatment (Atlas et al., 2014). Likewise, my grandson is diagnosed with cancer and it is expected that he will be provided the same treatment Along with the cultural factors; social factors are also responsible for the disease. I belong to a family that is able to afford cancer treatment and can cope with the related effects of the disease. I also have access to the treatment and also I am at that stage of my life that I have the capacity to survive with the painful treatment of cancer.
Atlas, S., Matthews, J. R., Fritsvold, E., & Vinall, P. E. (2014). Social implications of chronic illness & disability