Cancer

Cancer : The wound That Never Heals

Back in the 1860s, renowned pathologist Rudolf Virchow specu-lated that cancerous tumors arise at the site of chronic inflammation. A century later, oncologists paid more attention to the role that various genetic mutations play in promoting abnormal growths that eventually become malignant. Now researchers are exploring the possibility that mu-tation and inflammation are mutu-ally reinforcing...

Victory Over Cancer : The Immune System and Genes Working Together

Victory Over Cancer : The Immune System and Genes Working Together Exciting new discoveries reveal that at least two anti-cancer defense systems of the human body work in tandem with each other. When seeking alternative care for cancer, people often try to use various modes of healing. Often we conceptualize these various healing modalities as separate and distinct from each other. For example, we are used to thinking of the immune system having certain effects...

Young Britons Ignoring Warnings Despite Rise in Melanoma

Young Britons Ignoring Warnings Despite Rise in Melanoma Young skin is particularly vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation from the sun which causes skin cancer but teenagers and adults are not taking precautions, according to a new survey. "Unless young people change their habits and learn to protect themselves properly in the sun we could be heading for a skin cancer time bomb," survey said. The poll of 1,800 people commissioned by Cancer Research UK...

Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer Hope For Lung Cancer Although lung cancer is often thought of as nearly incurable, there is reason for optimism. Advanced Alternatives offers specialized methods of natural therapy directed at the root causes or the malignancy and by activating the natural defenses of the body against cancer. The main ways in which the Advanced Alternatives programs for lung cancer work are 1) activate and...

Thyroid Cancer

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, below the Adam's apple. The thyroid makes and stores hormones that help regulate heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and the rate at which food is converted into energy. Thyroid hormones also help children grow and develop. The thyroid uses iodine, a mineral found in some foods and in iodized salt, to make several of its...

Breast Disorders

Benign Breast Disorders Breast cancer is uncommon in patients under 35 years. However, persistent asymmetry, unilateral nodularity, discrete measurable lumps or blood-stained discharge require investigation regardless of age. Patients should be referred for specialist evaluation particularly if symptoms are accompanied by a first degree family history of breast disease. Fine needle aspiration of...

Health Issues ( Skin-Cancer Surgery, High Blood Pressure )

Specialized Skin-Cancer Surgery Specialized Skin-Cancer Surgery Certain cases of skin cancer pose difficulties because they are recurrent or located in cosmetically sensitive areas with little surrounding skin, such as the upper lip, nose, eyelids or ears. These cases lend themselves to the special type of surgery known as Moh's micrographic surgery. This outpatient procedure involves the removal of a thin horizontal disc of...

Management Dilemmas in Cervical Cancer

Magnitude of the Problem - 500,000 new cases identified each year - 80% of the new cases occur in developing countries - At least 200,000 women die of cervical cancer each year - Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide - YET-Cervical cancer is a preventable disease Relative percentage of common cancers Cervix 12 Breast 30 Oral cavity 13 Ovary Leukaemia/Lymphoma 5 Oesophagus 4...

Colo-Rectal Cancer

Colo-Rectal Cancer In Western countries, cancer of the large intestine and rectum (colorectal cancer) is the second most common type of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death. The incidence of colorectal cancer begins to rise at age 40 and peaks between ages 60 and 75. Cancer of the large intestine (colon cancer) is more common in women; rectal cancer is more common in men. About 5 per cent of the...

Acute Leukemia of Childhood and Adolescence

Acute Leukemia of Childhood and Adolescence Leukemia is a malignancy or cancer of the bone marrow. All of the cells in the bloodstream are normally produced in the bone marrow. In leukemia, there is an unrestrained proliferation of a "clone" of immature white blood cells. These abnormal white blood cells gradually crowd out the normal blood cells. This can lead to anemia, an increased risk of infection, and bleeding. Leukemia is the most...

Breast Cancer

Veronica had a mammogram on the advice of her GP; she had been unwell for months and had pain in one breast. She had to wait three months for an appointment - she was 45, too young to have been invited for routine breast screening. After the mammogram, she was recalled for a scan and a biopsy. Then she was told she had "ductal carcinoma in situ" (DCIS). "You're completely freaked out to hear the...

Symptoms of Skin Cancer

Symptoms of Skin Cancer The General Warning Signs of Skin Cancer Include: any change in size, color, shape, or texture of a mole or other skin growth. an open or inflamed skin wound that won't heal. Melanoma, the Most Dangerous Type of Skin Cancer, May Appear As: a change in an existing mole. a small, dark, multicolored spot with irregular borders—either elevated or flat—that may bleed and form a scab. a duster of...

Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer All skin cancers originate in the outer layer of skin known as the epidermis. In the normal course of skin rejuvenation, basal cells located at the base of the epidermis move upward to replace dead cells constantly being shed from the skin's surface. Along the way, the round basal cells are transformed into flat syuamous cells. Throughout the epidermis are melanocytes, cells that produce a...

Cancer Diseases

What is cancer ? Cancer is one of several disorders which can result when the process of cell division in a person's body gets out of control. Such disorders produce tissue growths called 'tumors'. A cancer is a cer-tain kind of tumor. Cancer attacks one in every four people. Normal Cell Division The body is constantly production new cells for the purpose of growth and repair- about 500,000...

Fecal Occult Blood Testing for Colorectal Cancer

Fecal Occult Blood Testing for Colorectal Cancer The exact cause of most colorectal cancers is not yet known. About 75 percent of colorectal cancers occur in people with no known risk factors. In fact, many people who have polyps or colorectal cancer do not have symptoms in the early stages of disease development. Because of these two factors, screening patients for colorectal disease before symptoms occur and promoting early detection is...

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer The pancreas, a small gland located deep in j the abdomen, has two vital functions: It sup-plies the intestines with digestive juices; and it secretes hormones-including insulin-that regulate the body's use of sugars and starches. Endocrine cells in the pancreas are devoted to hormone regulation; they form clusters called islets and are found mostly in the tail and body sections of the gland....

Prostate Cancer - General Info

Image - Prostate Cancer What is Prostate Cancer ? Prostate Cancer is one of the commonest cancers in men. The general statistics imply that this is predominantly a disease that affects the Western world and studies do show a wide difference in clinical incidence between that of the Western and Asian populations. With the expected doubling of the elderly population by the year 2020, it is likely that prostate cancer will...

Ten-Second Skin Cancer Test

A NEW 10-second test for skin cancer will soon revolutionise diagnosis of the disease and possibly save thousands of lives. The computer-based technology for the test can help detect melanoma, the most dangerous form that kills 1,600 people a year in the UK. The SIAscope-2 - developed by Astron Clinica, Birmingham University and Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge - uses a unique form of "smart"...

Fighting Cancer with the Immune System, Detoxification and Genes

Fighting Cancer with the Immune System, Detoxification and Genes Advanced Alternatives uses many different forms of treatment, choosing the best ones suited to the unique needs of each patient. Every person and their cancer are unique in many ways. So even though someone has the same exact type of cancer as another person, their past medical history, exposure to toxins and viruses, current overall health, presence of the malignancy in different tissues or...

Specialized Skin-Cancer Surgery

Certain cases of skin cancer pose difficulties because they are recurrent or located in cosmetically sensitive areas with little surrounding skin, such as the upper lip, nose, eyelids or ears. These cases lend themselves to the special type of surgery known as Moh's micrographic surgery. This outpatient procedure involves the removal of a thin horizontal disc of tissue that is deemed to be the...