Whenever someone goes for a medical check-up, one of the most frightening thing they can potentially hear from their doctor is: “I am sorry to tell you this, but you are likely to be suffering from Cancer…, we will need to do more tests but…”.’
What is Cancer?
Cancer is essentially a disease where abnormal cell growth spreads to parts of the body. According to Wikipedia, there are more than 100 types of cancer which affect the human species. Cancer arises from many different factors, from tobacco use to genetics. The fact is, many different things can cause cancer. American Cancer Society attributes cancer to things such as cell phones, hair dyes which either compose of chemicals or emit radiation. It is estimated that more than 100 million people around the world suffer from one form of cancer or another.
Is Cancer transmissible?
There are some who have been misled to believe that cancer is transmissible, and refuse to be near people who are suffering from some forms of cancer which involve heavy coughing. Generally, cancer is non-transmissible.
What causes Cancer?
Many cancer researchers like to classify causes of cancer into two big baskets, one is via environmental exposure, and the other is through genetics. However, given that no cure truly exists for cancer (short of radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery which force the body to repair itself and is not a true cure), it is highly possible that the medical industry has not been able to give clear reasons to why cancer occurs in people. In fact, we believe that despite trillions of dollars being spent every year on cancer, we are not very much closer to understanding about why cancer happens and what can be done to stop it.
How can we fight against Cancer?
There is no known cure for cancer, existing treatments might or might not be curative. However, what we can all do is to stay healthy, maintain a healthy diet and weight, exercise regularly and be happier in life. While all these sounds rather superficial, people you might have spoken to who have defeated cancer before are usually confident, survivors and courageous. I cannot emphasize the importance of an iron mindset.
Given that this is a preliminary insight into the disease known as cancer, it is intended to be generic and brief. If there is one thing we can end this post with, I hope to inculcate in you the notion that the strength of the human will is great; and while medical sciences lag the advancements of diseases currently, being strong mentally can help extend the time we all have until a cure is truly found.