Why do we have to “battle” cancer?

Veteran BBC television and radio presenter Terry Wogan died earlier today after a “short but brave” battle with cancer. David Bowie died of the disease a few weeks ago after “a courageous battle”. Actor Alan Rickman followed Bowie; unusually, his family seemingly chose not to use any fighting analogy.

It seems if you’ve got cancer you’re almost always seen as battling or fighting it, more often than not bravely. We never hear of anyone dying of the disease after a lacklustre, take or it or leave it, weak-willed tussle.

Can’t we be allowed just to have cancer and get on with it? Especially if it’s terminal as it was with Wogan, Bowie and Rickman.