Cancer

According to World Health Organization (WHO), cancer has now officially become the most dangerous killer in the world. Scientists all over the world are making best efforts to fight this disease. No doubt, survival rates among cancer patients are improving with time. All thanks to improvements in cancer screening, prevention and treatment options.

Development of abnormal cells that divide uncontrollably and have the ability to destroy other healthy body tissues, refers to Cancer! It often has the ability to spread throughout the body channels and organs.

What are the causes of Cancer?

Cancer is caused by changes or mutation to the DNA within the cells. DNA inside a cell has a large number of individual genes, containing a set of instructions that informs the cell to perform, grow and divide. Errors in the instructions can lead to abnormal cells growth that at the end become cancerous. 

What are the symptoms of Cancer?

Symptoms vary as per the type of cancer, part involved and severity too but generally symptoms are-

  • Fatigue 
  • Weakness 
  • Weight loss
  • Skin changes
  • Constipation or bowel changes 
  • Bladder changes
  • Fever and sweats
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Mood swing 
  • Persistent cough
  • Indigestion 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Etc…

What are risk factors of Cancer?

  • Age- Cancer takes a very long time to show its symptoms that’s why people of old age are diagnosed with cancer.
  • Lifestyle-People who smoke or drink alcohol are at high risk to develop cancer.
  • Family history- Cancer may run in families. It is possible to pass  mutations from one to next in a family.
  • Environment- If atmosphere where you live contains harmful chemicals, chances are high to develop cancerous cells. 

Preventing measures can help you to stay away from this disease.

  • Have a healthy diet and lifestyle routine 
  • Maintain a healthy weight 
  • Avoid smoking, alcohol and exposure to harmful chemicals 

Cancer Screening-

Screening at early stage can help to have a better cure with cancer. It has 4 stages starting form 0 to IV. Following tests can help to deal with cancer effectively.

  • Physical examination 
  • Blood tests
  • Biopsy
  • Imaging like X rays, CT scan and MRI

Cancer Treatment 

Many cancer options are available depending upon cancer type and stage.

  • Immunotherapy 
  • Chemotherapy 
  • Radiations
  • Surgery
  • Bone morrow transplant 
  • Alternative treatments etc

If we talk about Alternative treatment for cancer, Herbs are really of great help. Ayurveda, a natural science of healing has alot to contribute. Curcuma longa, Withenia somnifera and Tinospora cordifolia etc are wonderful to control cancerous cells. 

How Diet can help??

Food that is alkaline in nature is anti-cancerous like pumpkin juice, bottle gourd, all climbers, coconut water etc..

Cancer cells grow more in acidic medium because acidic food produce dioxin in the body which increase acidity in the body. So, junk food, food containing preservatives, biscuits, packed foods must be strictly avoided.

Beverages like hot tea and coffee consumed in plastic glasses are also carcinogenic as plastic produces dioxins.

Food prepared specially in reheated oil also produces dioxin. According to Ayurveda, reheated oil is very dangerous. Eating cold food, reheated food or using oil or ghee and reheating them are the causes of cancer.

Thus, now it is important to raise awareness about the treatment modalities of cancer treatment and there is a need to encourage patients with advanced treatment options to combat cancer. 

Take care!!

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