Cancer is a devastating disease that has changed the lives of millions around the world. With continued research and more effective treatments, deaths from cancer have been decreasing, and the length of time survivors are able to live in remission is increasing. While a true cure for cancer has yet to be found, current treatment interventions and strategies have proven to successful in many cases. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering among those most affected by this devastating disease. The American Cancer Society tracks cancer occurrence, including the number of deaths, cases, and how long people survive after diagnosis, in addition to data regarding risk factors for developing cancer and the use of screening results.Present facts and figures for 2007 for cancer incidence, mortality, survival, cancer risk factors, and annual estimates of expected new cases and deaths by cancer for the general population, Hispanics, African Americans, breast cancer, global cancer statistics, and annual updates for cancer prevention and early detection can be found in various online reports available for immediate download. Read about the latest in cancer research, how cancer affects your life, and the latest happenings at the American Cancer Society at the Cancer Survivors Network at http://www.acscsn.org. This is a great place to go to find strength and inspiration from a vibrant community of people whose lives have been affected by cancer. Members share their personal stories with a renewed sense of hope that good things are yet to come.Information and resources for cancer can be found online at the American Cancer Society at http://www.cancer.org, the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Find lots of great information fast, including a guide to quitting smoking, stories of hope, treatment decision tools, bookstore, and employment and volunteer opportunities. Relay for Life.org is an American Cancer Society sponsored event that celebrates survivors, and those lives lost to cancer, and raises awareness about cancer and funds for continuing research and clinical trials, so that one day cancer will be eliminated. Invite a friend to join with you against the fight against cancer. Get information on current research, clinical trials, research grants, public health advertising campaigns, organizing events, fund allocation, and access to links about cancer facts from the American Cancer Society. Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back!
To be diagnosed with cancer is a traumatic experience in life. Out of desperation, a cancer patient often immediately turns to different cancer treatment options. There is an array of treatment options available, both conventional and unconventional, that it may be stressful for a cancer patient to make a wise choice.Conventional cancer treatments generally include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.Cancer surgery is an invasive procedure involving the removal of a cancerous tumor. Surgery is generally recommended if the cancer is operable, if it is in its early stage (there are four stages of cancer: the first stage being the early development stage, and the fourth stage indicative of advanced cancer), or if the tumor is localized, that is, without spreading to other parts of the body. The problem is that it may sometimes be difficult to determine the exact stage of cancer development.All surgery is invasive, and all cancer surgery is traumatic – causing cancer stress. Cancer surgery reduces the body’s resistance to cancer, and therefore predisposing the patient to recurrence of the disease. In addition, surgical biopsy may actually contribute to the spread of cancer, according to some studies.Chemotherapy involves the application of chemicals not only to shrink the cancer but also to wipe out any cancerous cell that may remain hidden in the body after all visible cancer has been removed during the surgery.The problem with chemotherapy is that these chemicals are extremely toxic not only to cancerous cells but also to nearby healthy cells and tissues. These toxic chemicals suppress bone marrow, which may lead to low immunity to infections due to reduction in white blood cell production. Infection could be a major cause of disease in patients who are already weak in immunity. Other lethal side effects of chemotherapy include damage to muscles of the heart, loss of fertility, and risk of developing a second cancer. In addition, loss of appetite, diarrhea, fatigue and nausea are some of the other unpleasant side effects as well.Radiation therapy is the use of high-intensity X-rays to destroy cancerous cells. Essentially, chemotherapy therapy damages cells by destroying the genetic material that controls how cells grow and divide. Radiation is much more harmful to cancerous cells than it is to normal cells. While both healthy and cancerous cells are damaged by radiation, the goal of radiation treatment is to destroy as few normal, healthy cells as possible during the radiation process.In mainstream treatments, more than half of the patients receive some type of radiation therapy to kill cancerous cells. Radiation therapy may be used before surgery to shrink a cancerous tumor, during surgery to direct large doses of radiation at a tumor, or after surgery to inhibit the growth of any remaining cancerous cells. Radiation therapy may also be used with chemotherapy not only to destroy cancerous cells, but also to shrink tumors in order to decrease the pressure, pain or other symptoms they may have caused.Sores or ulcers in the mouth, throat, or intestines may develop after radiation therapy, causing difficulties in eating, thereby affecting the nutrition of patients. In addition, patients who have undergone radiation therapy may have a higher risk of developing leukemia.Remember, cancer is a multi-billion dollar industry, involving pharmaceutical companies and the medical profession. This alone explains why Western medicine does not want any focus on unconventional cancer treatments. As a matter of fact, most Western doctors know very little about alternative cancer treatments because these unconventional treatments seldom find their way into prestigious medical journals. Some states even have enacted laws to prohibit unorthodox cancer treatments. Understandably, there are many unethical cancer quacks exploiting and preying on the fears of many cancer patients. However, some unconventional treatments are effective in combating and controlling the disease.
The cancer dilemma has been troubling a lot of people for several generations now simply because there is no absolute cure for all kinds of cancer. Some miraculous healing of cancer used various alternative ways of cure which may include hypnosis, prayer, law of attraction, healthy eating habits, exercise, and a few others more. Some patients who have undergone chemotherapy have been cured however not all patients who have undergone this kind of medical procedure survived.The best way to combat cancer is to stop it before it even develops. So how can we do this? We can achieve a cancer free life when we avoid the risk factors associated with cancer. These risk factors are said to be the main reasons why people develop cancer. By safeguarding ourselves earlier from these known risk factors, we can be living a cancer free lifetime.The commonly known cancer risk factors include age, history of cancer in the family, tobacco, alcohol, sunlight, ionizing radiation, chemicals and artificial substances, some forms of viruses and bacteria, hormones, unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise, and obesity.Let’s face it, everyone becomes of age and grow older as time passes by. Cancer statistics show that most cancer patients belong to the senior citizen bracket. The commonly affected old people with cancer are those who didn’t have a healthy lifestyle to begin with. Even if aging is an unavoidable natural process, practicing a healthier lifestyle helps us avoid cancer.This goes the same for having a family history of cancer. We may have inherited genes from our family that shows the possibility of cancer development. But this shouldn’t stop us from living a healthier life because we can still prevent cancer from developing inside us.How can we live a healthier life then? The answer to this question lies on avoiding all of the remaining risk factors of cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer all over the world and its main culprit is tobacco which is found in cigars and cigarettes. Smokers and second-hand smokers (or non-smokers) are both in danger of lung cancer. Smokers should quit smoking as soon as possible while non-smokers should avoid the smoking environment. It has also been noted that second-hand smokers are at greater risk of developing lung cancer.You should also avoid exposing yourself in extreme sunlight condition, specifically between the midday hours of 10 AM until 3 PM because these are the times when the sun is radiating its hottest UV rays. Due to the fact that the ozone layer manifested a hole in our atmosphere, Ultraviolet rays are not being filtered as much as they used to. Those who are fond of sun exposure, tanning beds, and even sun lamps, prolonging your exposure will eventually develop into several forms of skin cancer. To avoid this kind of cancer, it would be best to apply a sunscreen before going out of the house, wear long sleeved shirts, long pants, hats with a wide brim, as well as wearing Ultraviolet-absorbing sunglasses.Ionizing radiation comes from x-rays, radon gas, radioactive fallout, and radiation rays entering our atmosphere. Radon gas is commonly found on the earth’s rocks and soil that’s why miners who are exposed to this element develop cancer later on in their life. Mishandling nuclear power plants lead to accidents which causes radiation fallout or leaks. Employees who are exposed to this kind of radiation also have increased risk of developing cancer. There are some forms of medical procedures that use radiation to treat patients. One of them is x-ray but this procedure only uses low doses of radiation and it is not harmful enough to cause cancer.Another risk factor associated with cancer is the presence of certain chemicals and other artificial substances such as asbestos, benzene, benzidine, cadmium, nickel, and vinyl chloride. These chemicals are commonly found in the workplace such as construction sites, the chemical industry, and the paint industry. Employees who are exposed to these chemicals develop various kinds of cancer even if the exposure has been stopped.Some viruses and bacteria are also associated with cancer development. Most of these viruses and bacteria are contagious and transferable from one person to another. They include HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Human papillomaviruses, Human T-cell leukemia or lymphoma virus, Epstein-Barr virus, herpes, and Helicobacter pylori. Some of the ways to combat these kinds of viruses and bacteria is by practicing safe sex, not having sex with someone who is infected, as well as getting vaccinated for the various types of Hepatitis.Certain hormones are also increasing the risk of cancer development especially in women who are undergoing menopausal hormone therapy. This kind of therapy may help women get through the hard stage of menopause however the long term risk is a definite possibility such as developing breast cancer, heart attack, stroke, and even blood clots. Always remember that our bodies are undergoing natural processes that we shouldn’t meddle with. If we do, we are causing it to be imbalance thus various kinds of diseases arise.They say that a small amount of alcohol intake a day is good for your heart. But did you know that you are increasing your risk of several forms of cancer if you drink alcohol? Some of these include cancers of the breast, liver, larynx, mouth, esophagus, and throat. If an alcohol drinker is also a smoker, he is doubling his risk of developing cancer.When you look at unhealthy eating habits, lack of physical exercise, and obesity, you will notice that they are all interrelated. These risk factors are not only associated with cancer alone, but with several ailments such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and other top killers of humankind. When you have these risk factors with you, start avoiding them as soon as possible. Eat healthier foods such as fruits, vegetables, and other fiber-rich foods. You should also start exercising regularly and improving your physical activities in order to promote a healthy body as well as to loose some weight in the process.Now that you know all of the risk factors associated with cancer and know how to avoid each and everyone of them, you should be on your way to a healthier lifestyle. In the long run, you will be glad that you have practiced healthier living earlier because you will become cancer free for life.