Are you battling cancer? Perhaps someone you love is suffering from this disease. Maybe you are concerned that you are at risk of developing cancer. You should know that you are not alone. Let help you in your fight.

When dealing with disease, it is important that you have all the facts and as such aims to educate and thus alleviate the stress that accompanies this condition.

Characterized by cell mutation, cancer involves the uncontrollable division of cells within the body. These cells then permeate tissues. The diseased cells also travel through the bloodstream or lymphatic system and thus migrate to other parts of the body. This process is referred to as metastasis.

A biopsy (examination of the tissues) can determine the malignancy of the cancer and the potentiality for metastasis. Cancer is non-discriminatory and thus impacts individuals of any age and health condition. When this condition is developed late in life, it is often the result of DNA damage and aging, which is a fairly natural process. Damage to DNA however can also result from other stressors including contact with various chemicals (such as carcinogens), or exposure to radioactive compounds or viral agents. This condition is also sometimes genetically-based and thus may be passed down from generation to generation.

Lifestyle changes and choices can help to reduce your risk of developing this disease. Avoidance or minimization of alcohol consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke is a smart means of prevention. A balanced diet with a focus on nutrition will contribute to a healthier body which will provide a good defence against more pervasive elements (such as sources of radiation like the sun, and residual chemical compounds).

The course of treatment is individually-based. Initial treatment may involve removing mutated cells through surgery. This is commonly followed by sessions of chemo- and radiotherapy. Efforts are continuing in the search for new and more effective treatments. Thus it is encouraging to note that the search for the cure continues and is unrelenting.



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