What Do We Know About Cancer?

Cancer Research

When I was first diagnosed with Stage IV cancer and the shock, fear and depression lessened, I did a great deal of research about cancer.  I wanted to know everything I could about the horrid disease called cancer.  I began to do as much cancer research as I could.

I’m still doing research and there is still an awful lot that I don’t know.  There is still a lot that the professional don’t know yet.  But thankfully, the research goes on.  And still there is much that we do not know.

Forms of Cancer

There are countless diverse forms of cancer and new discoveries are being uncovered on a daily basis. What we do know about cancer is what it is and how it affects the body.  We also know what the risk factors are. I am learning everyday about habits and behaviors to lessen the risk of cancer developing.  I am also learning about new treatments.  I created this blog help lower your risk of going through the turmoil of being diagnosed and treated for cancer.

Cancer education and research has given those in the medical community the skills to diagnose and treat cancer in the early stages.

All cancer is the result of cells that increase in an unseemly fashion.  They all begin from bad cell growth; it doesn’t matter where it is located within the body.  Normal cells divide and grow in the body on a regular, healthy basis everyday.

Cancer cells, however do not act this way; they divide more rapidly.  Then they mass forming, a tumor and sometimes they travel to other areas of the body and start taking over the normal cells. This is called metastasis.

Primary Cancer

Cancers are named for the part of the body in which the originated; this is called the primary cancer.  This fact is important because cancer treatment is based upon where the cancer starts.  My cancer first showed visible signs of a large growth on the right side of me neck.  The doctors told me they thought my cancer started in my tonsils but they wouldn’t be certain until they did tonsillectomy and biopsy. I responded by asking, “You think it started in my tonsils?”  I followed that question with, “I don’t care where it started, just get rid of it.”  That’s when I learned that cancer treatment is based upon the primary cancer; where the cancer starts even if it travels elsewhere in the body.

Lowering The Risk Of Developing Cancer

Today I focus much of my research on lowering the risk of developing cancer.  From the professional research I have read, I have discovered many things we can do to lower the risk of developing cancer.  By using these discoveries, we can adjust our lifestyles and diets to avoid things that increase our risk for developing cancer.  However, there is NO guaranteed way to avoid cancer.  Even doctors do not know every thing about cancer, so being able to avoid it all together is, to all intents and purposes, impossible.  Lowering your risks, however, is much better than not doing anything at all.  Research has shown that the less risk factors we have, the less of a chance we have for developing cancer.

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