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What Is the difference in these conditions?

  1. aoiffe379 profile image61
    aoiffe379posted 6 years ago

    Consider a diabetic with  a wound that takes some time to heal. There are factors no doubt. Now, think of a person with a bed sore. There are factors surrounding that to. The third person has a wound that is blamed on cancer. Let's say the tumour turned inward. With the diabetic,according to the location, it must be treated until... A leg can be amputated; but if it is not on the leg or external body part, what happens regarding treatment?
    The patient with the bed sore most likely has it due to pressure. Some patients never recover; but some do receive treatment resulting in  healing. What makes a cancer patient with a wound for whatever reason different? All three patients have 'bad' cells.The three of them are facing an issue with the immune system and the blood because healing is poor. Something is wrong somewhere as the three of them have an 'ulcer' or 'eating wound'. Why is one deemed as cancer? What is the difference?

    1. oscillationatend profile image60
      oscillationatendposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Cancer is basically a healthy cell that forgets to stop growing and dividing. Think of Cancer as a really energetic group of cells who really love to procreate and do their thing.

      In general, cancer tends to be environmental. But there's also a genetic pre-disposition for it, too. Kinda like Diabetes, so...I guess in some ways, they're quite similar. smile

    2. psycheskinner profile image83
      psycheskinnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      It is cancer if the cells themselves are cancerous--i.e. tumor forming.

  2. Aficionada profile image92
    Aficionadaposted 6 years ago

    This sounds like a topic for a Hub!

    Or maybe pare it down and post it in the Questions section to see if someone else would write a Hub about it.

  3. Dame Scribe profile image61
    Dame Scribeposted 6 years ago

    I would think 2 are within controllable treatment whereas the cancer is unpredictable. hmm jus my own thoughts.

  4. IzzyM profile image85
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    The diabetic has normal cells - his problem stems from his pancreas not producing enough insulin to break down sugars into glycogen.
    The bed sore person also has normal cells, the bedsore being a result of not moving positions enough.
    The cancer patient has abnormal cells - that is why they do biopsies under microscope - too look at the cells themselves.
    Depending on the type of cancer, these cells can imitate normal cells, except they don't know when to stop multiplying causing all sorts of crazy growth throughout the body. The immune system doesn't tend to get involved because it thinks the cells are normal, so without its help, healing is difficult.

  5. aoiffe379 profile image61
    aoiffe379posted 6 years ago

    Based on the comments, it would seem that foods have no effect on cancer because the cells are abnormal and the immune system puts up a futile fight.How does someone who has been a vegetarian for 35 years get abnormal cancer cells, especially one who is living in an environment with few cars, buses and trucks - less than 100- and clean air?

    1. zrichards profile image60
      zrichardsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Cancer is extremely complex as are the causes. In this case the person most likely had a genetic disposition to cancer. There are regulators in the cell that allow it to divide and also prohibit it from dividing. These regulators are proteins. Proteins are coded from genes. So a defective gene that codes for one of these regulators can eventually lead to a cell that divides continuously without regulation.

      Foods do have an effect in regards to cancer. Free radicals have been in the media a lot recently and are major cancer causers. A free radical is a very reactive molecule and when it reacts with the chromosomes in a cell it can cause genetic mutations. As stated earlier sometimes these mutations can lead to the development of cancer.