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1) What Do You Want to Know About Cancer?


Cancer is an umbrella term for a large group of diseases caused when abnormal cells divide rapidly, and spread to other tissue and organs. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world.

2) Cancer Growth and Metastasis

In a healthy body, the trillions of cells it’s made of grow and divide, as the body needs them to function daily. Healthy cells have a specific life cycle, reproducing and dying off in a way that is determined by the type of cell.

New cells take the place of old or damaged cells as they die. Cancer disrupts this process and leads to abnormal growth in cells. It’s caused by changes or mutations in DNA.

DNA exists in the individual genes of every cell. It has instructions that tell the cell what functions to perform and how to grow and divide. Mutations occur frequently in DNA, but usually cells correct these mistakes.
When a mistake is not corrected, a cell can become cancerous.

3) Types of Cancer

Cancers are named for the area in which they begin and the type of cell they are made of, even if they spread to other parts of the body. For example, a cancer that begins in the lungs and spreads to the liver is still
called lung cancer. There are also several clinical terms used for certain general types of cancer:

  • Carcinoma is a cancer that starts in the skin or the tissues that line other organs.
  • Sarcoma is a cancer of connective tissues such as bones, muscles, cartilage, and blood vessels.
  • Leukemia is a cancer of bone marrow, which creates blood cells.
  • Lymphoma and myeloma are cancers of the immune system.

4) Risk Factors and Treatment

The direct cause of cancer is changes (or mutations) to the DNA in your cells. Genetic mutations can be inherited. They can also occur after birth as a result of environmental forces. Some of these forces include:

  • exposure to cancer-causing chemicals, called carcinogens
  • exposure to radiation
  • unprotected exposure to the sun
  • certain viruses, such as human papilloma virus (HPV)
  • smoking
  • lifestyle choices, such as type of diet and level of physical activity

Cancer risk tends to increase with age. Some existing health conditions that cause inflammation may also increase your risk of cancer. An example is ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease.

Knowing the factors that contribute to cancer can help you live a lifestyle that decreases your cancer risks. According to experts, these are the seven best ways to prevent cancer:

      1. Stop using tobacco and avoid secondhand smoke.
      1. Eat a healthy, balanced diet.

    a.Limit your intake of processed meats.
    b.Consider adopting a “Mediterranean diet” that focuses mainly on plant-based foods, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
    c.Avoid alcohol, or drink in moderation. Moderate drinking is defined as one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than 65, and up to two drinks a day for men 65 years of age and younger.

      1. Keep a healthy weight and stay active by getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
      1. Stay protected from the sun.

    a.Cover up with clothing, sunglasses, and a hat, and apply sunscreen frequently.
    b.Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is when the sun’s rays are at their strongest.
    c.Stay in the shade as much as possible when you’re outside.
    d.Avoid tanning beds and sunlight, which can damage your skin just as much as the sun.

      1. Get vaccinated against viral infections that can lead to cancer, such as hepatitis B and HPV.
      1. Don’t engage in risky behaviors. Practice safe sex and don’t share needles when using drugs or prescription
        medications. Only get tattoos at licensed parlors.
    1. See your doctor regularly so they can screen you for various types of cancer. This increases your chances of catching any possible cancers as early as possible.

    5) treatment

    The most common types of treatment are:

      1. Surgery

    Surgically removes as much of the cancer as possible.

      1. Chemotherapy

    Uses medications that are toxic to cells to kill rapidly-dividing cancer cells.

      1. Radiation Therapy

    Uses powerful, focused beams of radiation inside (brachytherapy) or outside (external beam radiation) your body to kill cancer cells

      1. Stem Cell (Bone Marrow) Transplant

    Repairs diseased bone marrow with healthy stem cells. Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can have a variety of functions. These transplants allow doctors to use higher doses of chemotherapy to treat the cancer.

      1. Immunotherapy (Biological Therapy)

    Uses antibodies to help your body’s immune system recognize cancer so it can fight it off.
    Hormone Therapy
    Removes or blocks hormones that fuel certain cancers to stop cancer cells from growing.

      1. Targeted Drug Therapy

    Uses drugs to interfere with certain molecules that help cancer cells grow and survive.

      1. Clinical Trials

    Investigates new ways to treat cancer.

      1. Alternative Medicine

    Used to decrease symptoms of cancer and side effects of cancer treatment, such as nausea, fatigue, and pain. Alternative medicine includes:

      • acupuncture
      • hypnosis
      • massage
      • yoga