What is cancer?

Written by Simon Mitchell


Cancer is a process that has always effected animals, it is just as common in domestic and farm animals, birds and fishes as it is in humans. Western scientific medicine has been effective in minimising infectious diseases. Many of us are living longer and cancer has almost been accepted as a normal feature ofrepparttar ageing process. But statistics do not bear this out. The incidence of cancer is increasing in all age groups.

Because cancer cells take some time to grow to a stage where they are a large enough mass to be identifiable, it might be 18 months to 3 years, even 30 years beforerepparttar 147756 disease is diagnosed by a doctor. By then we can be more than half-way downrepparttar 147757 path to a terminal illness. Due to our psychological make-up we are often immobilised byrepparttar 147758 news.

We tend to minimise it or deny that it has happened to us. We get depressed. 'Why me?' A cycle of immobilisation - minimisation - depression often occurs. Those who do break out of it and manage to acceptrepparttar 147759 reality start testing for options, often 'againstrepparttar 147760 clock' find out that cancer is an awesome and complex subject providing a great example of opening a 'whole can of worms'. Information overload, specialist language, ignorance of alternatives, vested interest, lack of co-operation, paradigm gaps, lack of access to specific information or treatment and a host of barriers such as language translation exist that prevent understandingrepparttar 147761 problem let alonerepparttar 147762 latest research.

Since an allopathic doctor (Western surgical doctor) is generallyrepparttar 147763 first point of contact for this dis-ease, cancer is mostly treated only with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery and more recent biological breakthroughs in hormone treatment. Despite billions spent on research these are basicallyrepparttar 147764 same options we had fifty years ago. Essentiallyrepparttar 147765 basic treatment of cancer has not changed for many years.

Orthodox treatments for cancer can be brutal and expensive but inrepparttar 147766 face of scientific medical evidence arerepparttar 147767 best we have. Solid information on alternatives is confusing, contradictory, unproved and unsupported by current medical models. Many medical doctors view alternatives or complementary approaches with doubt. Those that do endorse them do so mainly because they might enhancerepparttar 147768 patients quality of life or contribute to palliative care (palliative: 'relieving pain or alleviating a problem without dealing withrepparttar 147769 cause').

Many complementary and alternative practitioners point out that allopathic cancer treatments are only palliative because they treat effects without looking at causes. An example is using pain killers to take away a headache. Although it is highly useful and very convenient it is no guarantee thatrepparttar 147770 headache won't re-occur. Similarlyrepparttar 147771 orthodox treatment of cancer is more concerned with treatingrepparttar 147772 dis-ease thanrepparttar 147773 patient.

How does it start? In cancer, a cell, or group of cells, loses touch with where it is inrepparttar 147774 scheme of things, its 'synergy', and starts replicating for itself. The word synergy comes fromrepparttar 147775 Greek 'sunergos', meaning 'working together'. Synergy isrepparttar 147776 interaction of two or more agents, that produces an combined effect greater thanrepparttar 147777 sum of their separate effects, in this case - us. Allrepparttar 147778 cells in a healthy body work together to give us life. They exist as unique individual cells in their own right but also have a higher function, contributing torepparttar 147779 life-form of which they are part. Every one ofrepparttar 147780 two thousand billion cells in our bodies has as many working parts as a passenger airliner so it is quite usual for some of these cells to suffer damage.

We all haverepparttar 147781 potential for cancer. Even a healthy body carries about 10,000 malignant cells and a fully functioning immune system will remove them. But what do cells 'get' that change them, click them out ofrepparttar 147782 whole system of our body to become selfish and self-replicating?

W.H.O. gets cancer?

Written by Simon Mitchell


Below The World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) summarise what we know about cancer from scientific research:

Cancer is largely preventable: by stopping smoking, providing healthy food and avoidingrepparttar exposure to carcinogens. Some ofrepparttar 147755 most frequent cancer types are curable by surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. The chance of cure increases substantially if cancer is detected early. Quality of life of cancer patients and their families can be greatly improved byrepparttar 147756 provision of palliative care. Cancer control is a public health approach aimed at reducing causes and consequences of cancer by translating our knowledge into practice.

Recommendations fromrepparttar 147757 World Health Organisation concerning cancer include action inrepparttar 147758 following areas:

minimising or eliminating exposure to cancer causes reducing individual susceptibility torepparttar 147759 effects of these causes servingrepparttar 147760 greatest public health potential identifyingrepparttar 147761 most cost-effective long-term cancer control tobacco control obesity control control of composition ofrepparttar 147762 diet control of consumption of alcoholic beverages

The World Health Organisation sees cancer prevention programmes as part of integrated, national strategies. The risks they identify for cancer above are common to all noncommunicable diseases including heart, diabetes and respiratory problems. Prevention programmes for all chronic diseases are able to userepparttar 147763 same surveillance and health promotion techniques. According to WHO recognised causes of cancer include:

occupational and environmental exposure to a number of chemicals links between a number of infections and certain types of cancer parasitic infection schistosomiasis exposure to some forms of ionising radiation excessive ultraviolet radiation

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