Probably one of the most unusual roles for Sean Connery was his portrayal of a scientist looking into a way to eradicate cancer; almost on a weekly basis, new advances are made in conquering this terrible disease.
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. The problem is we don't fully understand the causes of cancer although there are many things in our life that can trigger it.
If someone were to ask you what cancer was, would you be able to give them a definition like the one in this article?
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.
Benign tumors do not normally grow larger, metastasize or threaten the body and organs like malignant (cancerous) tumors do although it is possible for a malignant tumor to have started out as benign.
The disease may affect people of all ages and there is an increased risk of suffering from the more common cancers as you get older; Statistics show that the number of people cancer kills globally each year is about 13 in every one hundred. Cancerous cells may have been transformed by radiation or poison for example and this creates genetic abnormality in those cells which then continue to grow and divide.
For some people the problem lies not with any form of external poison although faults with their parents DNA or genetic makeup can result in a person being born with the diseased cells. It would seem some people are more susceptible to it than others and it may be their genetic makeup and their exposure to certain carcinogens that is responsible.
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. Much of the world's research into diseases is to try and find the reason why some people do not contract certain diseases whilst others do. Knowledge like this could enable more people avoid contracting cancer in the first place.
Over recent years, concern has been made public over the possibility that our dietary habits and being over weight may be partly to blame for the incidence of the condition that is why there is a big push for many to consider fat loss diets. 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 does not seem to have preferences as it is able to invade just about every part of the human body and organs. 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. Although not it is not something anyone wants to be diagnosed with, cancer does not have to mean death these days, with the advances in medical treatment.
When Dementia Is Discussed Is It Really Alzheimer's Disease
When dementia is discussed, the first condition to enter minds is probably Alzheimer's disease; unfortunately, it often overshadows the other forms of dementia.
Affecting 10 percent of people over 65, Alzheimer's is a disease that causes a steady decline in memory; the problem in the past has been the accuracy of diagnosis which has gradually improved and is now up to 94 percent accurate.
Although discovered just over a century ago by Alois Alzheimer, it is only during the last 30 years that research into this disease has increased; it is a complex disease that is not yet fully understood.
Getting older is the main risk surrounding Alzheimer's according to research. Many people experiencing the first signs of Alzheimer's are unwilling to admit to themselves or others that there is anything wrong; this often cause delays in the diagnosis.
Alzheimer's disease is currently treated exactly the same as other forms of dementia. Despite the studies, there is no permanent treatment for the condition but there are a number of drugs which can help with the condition. Most Alzheimer's disease sufferers will be prescribed one of the following drugs Donepezil, Tacrine, and Rivastigmine; they can improve the mental faculties of patients with this condition by up to 26 weeks.
A new drug, Memantine is helping to slow down the mental decline during the later phases and is similar to the anti-influenza treatment Amantadine; patients with mild to severe Alzheimer's who are already receiving Donepezil are now given Memantine as an alternative. Fortunately, Memantine has few side effects and so far it is the only drug that has proved to be of real benefit to patients with severe symptoms; most of the drug is passed out again when the patient urinates (about 80 percent), virtually without any change taking place.
Owing to an increase in the life span of people around the world, Alzheimer's disease has become a major health issue; it is a major cause of death in America. There is also an economic aspect of caring for patients to consider, something that will affect governments everywhere; the annual cost of treatment and care for sufferers is in excess of 40 billion dollars and is expected to rise well beyond this in the future.
The National Institute on Aging spends half of its annual funding on research into this age related disease; scientists worldwide are seeking a treatment for the disease with a large number of compounds being tested.
To help you reduce the chance of contracting dementia, it's important to adopt a healthy lifestyle, choose carefully what you eat and drink and take more exercise. In fact researchers believe the happier and healthier someone is with Alzheimer's, the slower his or her decline. At the moment, the disease is still primarily affecting the aged; unfortunately it has started to claim the occasional younger victim.
Using Alternative Health Therapies Vs Conventional Therapies
Alternate therapies are edging out conventional healing therapies in many areas today. Integrated therapies use a combination of either alternative or complementary therapies with normal medical treatment, for the practice of which a high level of expertise is required.
Certain services are lacking in conventional medicine which is catered for by alternative therapy.
Though the following list is not complete here are a few: diet fads, massage, music therapy, herbal medicine, faith healing, folk medicine, naturopathy, homeopathy, chiropractic and ‘new age' healing. Alternative therapies very often promise cure or help in areas where conventional treatment might not wish to do so.
Alternative health therapies can help you feel better and improve your quality of life and improve your general health to give you a sense of control. Reducing stress, tension, sleeplessness, anxiety, depression and making you feel more relaxed.
They decrease the symptoms of cancer which are soreness, feeling unwell, breathlessness, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue and reduced appetite.Alternative health therapies can be very effective at masking pain, which can sometimes hide a more serious underlying condition and are often used in conjunction with conventional medicine. Cancer support groups, some hospitals and hospices provide this type of therapy as part of overall care for cancer, cancer treatments like chemotherapy, radiotherapy etc. these could be free or for a small fee.
The therapies are used by many cancer patients to help them through the illness and its treatment. However, they should not be seen as an alternative to orthodox medicine, but as a valuable support that recognizes the emotional and spiritual aspects as well as the physical aspects.Annually it has been seen that Americans spend about billion on health products for alternative therapy like herbs and vitamins.
The recent studies that were conducted by Phillips, Tindle, Eisenberg and Davis, reflected that there was roughly seventy two million adults within the United States that use alternative and complementary therapies. According to a study made by Caspi, Craig and Herman in 2005, it is observed that more than billion has been spent on therapies annually. It is very essential to find out which alternative treatment is required by your particular type of problem, how comfortable are you with it and how effective will it be.
Individual therapies have been proven to improve the quality of life for many people with Motor Neuron Disease (MND), these can include: acupuncture, aromatherapy, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, massage, meditation, reiki and reflexology.
It is important to consult the treating physician before using alternative therapies and to check out all additional treatment, so that there is no adverse or cross reactions that affect the treatment.When integrating alternative therapies with conventional treatment and therapies, it is extremely important to be honest and open with the treating health care team and physician.
When considering this option, ask your doctor if there are treatments available at your hospital or clinic, or even through your physician's practice. Many doctors are getting convinced that complementary medicine still has its own place in the society. They would also be able to recommend specific therapies and treatments which would suit.
For many today, alternative therapies are helping them cope and manage the effects of conventional treatment by the reduction in the feeling of anxiety and feeling the return of a certain control of their own lives.