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Cancer definition, signs, symptoms, cause and risk factors

The American cancer Society estimates 50% of men and nearly as high a percentage of women will develop cancer in the United States. Fortunately we believe the vast majority can be cured. More importantly, we believe if you read the information here and follow the lifestyle change advice suggested, you very likely will not be one of the people getting cancer anytime soon.

Cancer Defined

Your whole body is made up of cells containing genetic material (DNA) that tells a cellw hat to do. This DNA is a string of molecules. Healthy cells divide (renew, grow and repair) at a healthy controlled rate. When cells grow or divide when not necessary, this mass of unneeded tissue is called a tumor.

Tumors are referred to as benign or malignant. Benign tumors are not considered dangerous. Malignant tumors are considered dangerous. All types of cancer are considered malignant tumors.

Types of Cancers

Most cancers fall into one of these types:

  • Carcinomas – cancers that affect skin, glands, membranes and internal organs
  • Leukemias – blood forming tissue cancers
  • Sarcomas – muscle, bones and connective tissue cancers
  • Lymphomas – cancers of the lymphatic system tissue

Cancer Signs & Symptoms

Seven clear warning signs, that you may think of as CAUTION, are associated with cancer:

  1. Change in bowel and bladder habits;
  2. A sore that does not heal;
  3. Unusual bleeding or discharge;
  4. Thickening or a lump in breast or other tissue;
  5. Indigestion or difficulty swallowing;
  6. Obvious change in a wort or mole;
  7. Nagging cough or hoarseness.

Cancer Causes

Everyone is different and everyone’s body’s capacity to defend itself from cell malfunction varies. However the following list is considered to include the major lifestyle factors causing cancer:

  • Bad diet and obesity (30%)
  • Smoking (30%)
  • Weak genetics (10%)
  • Alcohol or drug abuse (5%)
  • Other contributing factors include lack of exercise, viruses, environmental toxins and stress.

For more information on avoiding and successfully treating cancer [CLICK HERE].

(reviewed 09.05.2010 by Tom Cifelli)

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