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Understanding How Cancer Works

Cancer is a scary disease that can strike pretty much anyone at any time. It has a multitude of forms and a variety of treatments. In all honesty, it can affect just about any part of the body and may leave behind devastating effects that can lead to mortality. Having a deeper understanding of the disease, its prevention and detection, however, can help keep it away or at least provide you with a fighting chance if it does develop.

What is Cancer?

In the normal scheme of things, healthy body cells form, serve their purpose, and die, making way for new cells to take their place. Cancer is a mutation that causes cells to not only replicate faster than normal, but also to resist death. That means they continue to grow and stockpile until a tumor is formed. That tumor can be malignant and may spread its destructive cells to other parts of the body.

Early Detection is Critical

While cancer can be deadly, many forms of the disease can be successfully treated if they are caught soon enough. Cancer types such as prostate, breast and colon cancer all have solid screenings that can be undergone regularly to help detect cancer formation as early as possible.
It is simply better to undergo screening and discover a problem in its earliest phase because this enables the likelihood of successful treatment. Many forms of cancer, such as breast and prostate, have rather high survival rates because of advances in detection and treatment.

Understanding and Mitigating Risks

Technically, everyone is at risk for cancer, but some people are more likely to develop it than others. Risk factors can include such things as family history, diet, exercise, smoking, age, and more. Understanding the risks and working to compensate for them can make a big difference. Smokers, for example, who quit are likely to reduce their chances for developing cancer. Eating healthy, well balanced meals can also helping with prevention.

Cancer is a scary diagnosis, but understanding it can better position people to fight back. If you’re at risk, be sure to understand what you can do to prevent the disease and detect it early if a battle must be waged.

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