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Steroids: A Threat to Legitimate Sport?

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Steroids: A Threat to Legitimate Sport?

Justin Douglas

Steroids have been around for a long time. Germans gave them to their soldiers to make them more aggressive in combat. Doctors have also prescribed steroids as a medication to some persons. There is a big controversy over steroid use. There are also many different ways steroids can be used. Most cases using them now though are illegal. Some Athletes attempt to gain advantages over others by using steroids, though there are strict rules against this. Doctors, philosophers, and journalists all have many different views on whom and how they should or not be used.

Forms of steroids can be made in the body by the adrenal glands or by the reproductive glands. Doctors have deemed it useful in treating some sicknesses and illnesses, such as different types of cancer. Steroids have been prescribed to decrease swilling around cancerous areas and to prevent sickness from chemotherapy treatments. When given with chemotherapy, steroids are only taken for a few days at a time, but they are prescribed each chemotherapy treatment. All steroids have side effects, ranging from minimal to severe; depending on the size of the

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