Shackles of Superstition
In the hospital where I work I come across all types of cancer patients, some of whom are quite serious. Due to the myths, superstitions and fears surrounding the disease some patients come at a very late stage. One such young woman from a nearby village came after she was suspected to have a growth in her breast a year ago but instead of coming to a hospital where all the facilities are available, she took some concoctions and powders from some unqualified person, who claimed that she would be cured.
When she finally turned up gasping for breath in the emergency, she was diagnosed in the 4th stage of breast cancer, with the cancer spreading to her liver and bones. A few days later, she succumbed to the disease. Had she taken appropriate treatment in time, perhaps she could have been cured and lived for some more years.