“You’re wasting away,” a friend blurted the other day and probably regretted it immediately as much as I did. For my part, I feel suddenly obligated to divulge things that frankly, I’m weary talking about.

Statistically, one in three people get cancer, so I decided as part of that large minority, I should provide a brief primer for friends and neighbors, who, aside from a few busy-bodies and gossips, truly do care.