Although only a film about the cure for cancer, 'The Medicine Man' did bring home the need for more research into cancer; medical research continues to advance in it's war with this disease that plagues humanity. The cure will come promptly and the world will rejoice that this awful disease that can strike anyone at any time has been silenced. The reasons cancer is triggered in the body are only theories as it can be caused by many things.
If someone were to ask you what cancer was, would you be able to give them a definition like the one in this article? The main character of cancer is that it starts with a large group of abnormal cells that keep growing and dividing when they reach a certain size; they then invade other cells and repeat the process continuing to spread to other areas of the body in a process called metastasis.
The difference between a cancerous tumor an a benign one is that malignant tumors continue to grow whereas benign ones limit their growth an many of us live comfortably with them during out lives without even knowing. Whilst it is not generally a young person's disease, it can occur at any age; it is responsible for thirteen percent of all deaths around the world. Nearly all cancers are caused by abnormalities in the genetic material of the transformed cells; these abnormalities may be caused by other poisons within the body from smoking, radiation, chemicals or other infectious agents.
The cause can also be the responsibility of faulty DNA replication or a genetic trait inherited from parents which means a person can be born with them. 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.
Owing to the worldwide problem of cancer, it is regularly studied throughout the world and extending our knowledge on the subject. Once scientists discover the reason behind why some individuals are more likely to contract a disease than others, we may be closer to creating a cure. Ultimately, even if they do not find the cure for some time, this research may be able to tell us how to avoid contracting cancer in the first place.
There is a saying 'You Are What You Eat' and this is now being looked at more closely as food may have a direct effect on the incidence of the disease in certain groups. 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 among men around the world.
Cancer does not have any prejudice when it comes to invading a person's body as it can strike anywhere. The problem is that it can also be insidious and a person may have it for some time before it is diagnosed. Cures for many types have advanced in recent years and are more likely to be successful if the cancer is found in its early stages. 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.