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Cancer - Abnormality Of Cells

Apr 3, 2008
Probably one of the most unusual roles for Sean Connery was his portrayal of a scientist looking into a way to eradicate cancer; some in authority believe the cure is not that far off and may be found in nature! Although there are other more awful diseases, this one holds the crown at the moment because of how often it is diagnosed; a cure would bring a sigh of relief everywhere. Whilst we do know about some of the causes of cancer, no-one can predict who, where or when it will be triggered.

First off it is a good idea to understand exactly what cancer is and try to ascertain whether it is hereditary or something you can acquire. This is a disease where unhealthy cells grow, divide and then expand into other cells, often transferring to parts of the body using a method called metastasis.

The malignant property of cancer differentiates it from benign tumors which limit their growth and do not invade or metastasize. Some benign tumors, however, are capable of becoming malignant. Whilst it is not generally a young person's disease, it can occur at any age; Statistics show that the number of people cancer kills globally each year is about 13 in every one hundred.

Whilst smoking, chemicals and radiation for instance, can be the cancer trigger, it is the poison from these or other sources that transform body cells and cause genetic abnormalities which grow and multiply.

Although genetic abnormalities may be caused by it they may also be randomly acquired through problems in the body's DNA replication; a genetic trait may be inherited and thus present in all cells from birth. It is still not fully understood why one person will contract the disease and another be free from it but it is believed that the interactions between any carcinogens and each person's particular DNA is complicated.

Long term research has given a better picture of what cancer is and the study of cancer is one of the top ten diseases being researched throughout the world. We are always learning more about diseases and how they affect our bodies and minds. We are continually trying to find out why this disease attacks some and not others. By understanding the origins of cancer, perhaps we will be able to avoid contracting it until we come up with a cure.

There is a saying You Are What You Eat and this is now being looked at more closely as food may have a direct effect on the incidence of the disease in certain groups. There are certain foods that are considered risky such as excess salt in the diet, too much saturated fat and overindulgence in dairy foods. In particular, excess calcium is believed to have a direct effect on the incidence of prostrate cancer amongst men around the world.

Cancer can strike anywhere in the body and each is a specialist type to the organ or part of the body it has infected. Some people can have cancer for several years before they have any symptoms and this does not help their chances of being cured. However, mortality rates from cancer are decreasing and although a cure may not be possible, there are treatments available to slow its spread.

Cancer is not the certain death sentence it once was and although many of its various forms are incurable at this time, medical science continues to improve.
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