VIGILANCE FOR BRAIN CANCER

Brain cancer is a very serious form of cancer. Recently, Sen. John McCain revealed he has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) – the most aggressive type of brain tumor. GBMs originate in the brain; it does not spread there from another part of the body. The cause is not known. This tumor has no relation to melanoma, the skin cancer for which McCain was treated in the past.

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QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT CHEMOTHERAPY

Chemotherapy is a standard treatment for cancer. It kills healthy cells along with cancer cells, inflicting damage on the body and seriously compromising the immune system. Chemotherapy also kills most rapidly dividing healthy and cancer cells, but not all the cells are fast growing. Cancer stem cells (CSCs), a small population of cancer cells that are slow growing and thus resistant to treatment, do not die. Chemotherapy makes these cells even more numerous as the ratio of highly malignant cells….

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RESTORING DIGNITY AND ’DOS

For many women facing cancer, the most devastating aspect is learning they may lose their hair due to chemotherapy.  “Most women tell me that as soon as they hear the oncologist say, ‘You’re going to lose your hair,’ that’s the last thing they remember hearing,” said Eric Johnson, co-owner, with his wife, Jeletta, of Hair Institute in Lexington. “They can deal with the sickness; they can deal with the treatments; but it’s the hair loss that gets them the most.

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The pancreas produces alkaline pancreatic juice, which has a pH level between 7.8 and 8.0. It may be possible to turn pancreatic cancer around by including more alkaline foods in your diet.


Here are some more tips to lower your risk of developing pancreatic cancer:


The pancreas is a 5.9-inch-long gland found behind the stomach and in front of the spine. It has a head, a middle section called the body and a narrow end called the tail. Exocrine cells in the pancreas produce digestive enzymes that help break down and digest food. The endocrine cells produce hormones such as insulin and glucagon that help control blood sugar levels. Most pancreatic cancers start in the exocrine cells.


Pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest of cancers. It is hard to detect and quick to spread. Nearly 50,000 new cases are diagnosed every year in the United States, making it the fourth leading cause of cancer death. It mostly affects men and women aged over 50 years. Symptoms of pancreatic cancer include weight loss and abdominal pain that radiates to the back. It sometimes causes patients to itch all over their bodies.


Risk factors for pancreatic cancer include smoking or using tobacco and medical conditions such as diabetes. According to research, being overweight or obese and carrying extra weight around the waist also increases your risk. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says obese people with a sedentary lifestyle have twice the risk of developing pancreatic cancer as those who are active and not obese. Fifteen percent of pancreatic cancer cases could be avoided with proper diet and physical activity.  

PREVENTING PANCREATIC CANCER

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Nitrites, which can form nitrosamines. These are considered potential human carcinogens; they have been found to induce pancreatic cancer in             animals.


Pancreatic cancer has been called a silent disease because it doesn’t have many symptoms till the cancer has spread. Early symptoms may not be specific to the pancreas, such as back pain. Your doctor will do a series of tests to ensure it is pancreatic cancer or something else.


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