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The top causes, symptoms and the treatment for cancer

Updated on March 22, 2011

Cancer is the major deadly disease that has affected people from all races and ethnicity. It is also a deadly disease that can affect any person. Though it can affect all groups of people, there are some people who are more at risk of this disease than the other people. Though there have been many advances in medicine, there has not been a foolproof method of treating this unique disease.

Cancer or carcinoma as the disease is known is mainly the abnormal growth of the tissues in various parts of the body. The abnormal cell growth in the body causes the person to suffer a great deal. This can also lead to the normal cells in the body slowly dying and finally killing the person if the cancerous tissues are not removed or killed.

There are different kinds of cancers that can affect a person and the kind of cancer that a person suffers from depends on the lifestyle of the person. There are various lifestyle causes that can lead to cancer. For example, smoking can lead to lung cancer. Alcoholism can lead to cancer of the liver. A person who is obese can have certain kinds of cancers. This does not mean that all the cancers are related to lifestyle problems. Ffor example breast cancer is not caused due to lifestyle problems. There are times when the affected person may have no other cause. Most of the people who suffer from the disease may be suffering because of hereditary reasons.

There are various signs and symptoms that can help to identify the presence of the disease. The most common methods that will help a person to identify the presence of cancer include sudden loss of weight. Other than loss of weight, the presence of a non healing wound or sore can also be the sign of presence of cancer. A lump in a part of the body is also a sign of cancer. This is because cancer is nothing but growth of tissues abnormally. So any swelling that is not reducing and growing fast can be a cancer.

There are two kinds of tumors. The tumors are usually said to be cancers or carcinomas. One is the benign tumor, which means that the tumor will not spread. This is not cancer and is just an abnormal growth. On the other hand, a carcinoma is a tumor that can spread and is growing in size.

The main cancer treatments include radiation therapy, chemotherapy and also surgical removal of the tumor. Prevention of cancer using lifestyle changes are also important.

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    • Lita C. Malicdem profile image

      Lita C. Malicdem 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      We all have radical cells inside our bodies. Eating only few kinds of food like meat may feed those radicals and can cause abnormal growth of tissues called tumors. Our life style makes or breaks us. That's why experts often advice us to eat healthy balanced diet. We need to educate ourselves on what to eat. Enjoy a healthy meal and a sound body!This is useful, vote up!

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