An often-overlooked rodent could hold the key to curing cancer.
He fights crime, saves the world, and still has time to indulge in a plate of nachos. He is one of the most faithful, yet smallest sidekicks of all time. He is “Rufus the Naked Mole-Rat,” Ron Stoppable’s rodent best friend. Rufus is a member of “Team Possible” from the hit Disney children’s television series Kim Possible. The rodent accompanies his owner Ron along with Ron’s best friend and later girlfriend, Kim Possible. Even though Ron and Kim are only teenagers, “Team Possible” fights evil villains around the world – all while having time to make it to the school football game. As fictional as the television show Kim Possible is, Rufus, the animal sidekick that provides comic relief, might actually be a superhero in the battle against cancer.
The Spread of Cancer
Cancer became a more prevalent disease as people began to live longer. Cancer treatments can, at times, seem worse than the disease itself. Chemotherapy and radiation successfully kill quickly dividing cells, but cannot distinguish between cancer cells and healthy cells. Side effects include hair loss, intense pain, and weakness. Scientists are desperately trying to find a cure for this deadly disease, and exploring solutions many of us would never dream of in their quest.