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Avoid Cancer Through Personal Care

Jun 20, 2008
Trends have shown that the coverage media is giving to the disease focuses more on treatments and not on prevention. As with any disease, prevention is the key and avoiding the disease or preventing one from contracting it outweighs the need for treatment. Media should bring more light into the need for measures such as the administration of the HPV vaccines which greatly decreases the risk of getting the disease in later life. A survey of several newspapers showed that over a two-year period, more than 200 stories have been published regarding the disease with only 18% of those total articles focusing on prevention. The amounts of preventive measures abound yet not many know enough.

The disease is preventable as with most forms of disease with enough knowledge and effort it can be avoided; if people would just take time to learn the ways of how to prevent the disease then we wouldn't have to present the numbers of fatalities and disfigured women from the whole country as much. Scientists have come up with many forms of treatments for the disease but scientists warn that their ability to provide cures can never outweigh the importance of prevention. The stories are quite sad and people feel that the life changing disease is out to get them, what they don't know is that there are several methods of reducing risk and getting regular screenings is one of them so any changes can be diagnosed and prescribed proper treatment. Media sees the sad story as more sellable than the ones regarding high-risk people who are doing great because they are eating and living healthy. A healthy person is not much of a story but somebody who is suffering from the disease has a higher market affecting readership.

MicroRNA has been found to have regulatory in many cancer-related processes in the human body that researchers in Israel are capitalizing on as a sure way of detecting squamous and non-squamous cells that are sure sign of lung cancer. This is vital for current available treatments for non-squamous cancers are deadly to squamous cancer sufferers and vice versa. On the other hand, Italian researchers have devised a way by which oncologists can check for three genetic markers as determining factor of the best approach treatment is to take. This allows better diagnosis with treatment customized to individual patients giving the oncologist the best possible chances of success and the patient recovery. To determine the advancement of the disease greatly enhances our ability to treat and provide the best possible medical solutions for a particular disease. This for m of diagnosis is being tested out for other forms of cancer which can greatly increase survivability rates of sufferers. It may also aid scientists in providing better prevention drugs or through genetic analyses be able to say who is susceptible of what thus giving patients time to adjust their lifestyles to avoid contracting that form of the disease.

As with any disease, there are lots of myths surrounding the ability of a family member to develop the same form of disease. Some experts say there is no direct link to the said relation and your ability to get the same disease except perhaps for the same environmental factors which may be causing the disease to manifest in both of you. There is no solid scientific basis for cancer being inherited but it should be used as an indicator that you are susceptible to it. The size of breasts is also a point of contention for many claim that having large natural breasts are a sure sign of you being prone to getting breast cancer. Experts say there is also no medical foundation for the myth and that whatever size of breasts you may have; the best tool in the fight against cancer would be to get screened regularly. There are more myths regarding the disease and most are said to be just plain myth without scientific basis. The best tool for prevention and successful treatment is early detection which is the key.
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Jon Caldwell is a professional content manager. Much of his articles can be found at http://cancerpreventionguide.net
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