Cancer Awareness Month: February 4th

February 4th

This week, the spotlight is on one of the most important health problem plaguing the modern world, the issue of cancer, the deadliest health problem we face in the 21st century.

As the world looks forward to February 4th, we bring you some information you should have at your fingertips about cancer.

• Cancer is the name for a group of more than 100 diseases which afflict the human body in which cells begin to grow out of control.

• Cancer can start almost anywhere in the human body. Many cancers form solid tumors which are masses of tissues.

• Cancerous tumors can be either, malignant or benign.
✔Malignant tumors spread into nearby tissues, causing damages along the way.
✔Benign tumors, on the other hand, can sometimes be quite large. However, when removed, do not grow back and do not spread (metastasize)

• Some cancers are genetic in nature, that is, they can be inherited from parents.

• There are several stages of cancer development, each depicting levels of advancement or severity.

• Knowing the stage of cancer helps the doctor determine what treatment approach to administering to the disease.

• Cancer can be treated with;
✔Drugs generally referred to as Chemotherapy
✔Radiation (It can be used alone or in the combination with chemotherapy or surgery

The most common cancers around the world are;

  • Breast Cancer (afflicting women)
  • Lung Cancer (Both sexes)
  • Colon Cancer (Both sexes)
  • Prostrate Cancer (afflicting men)
The biggest chance of surviving cancer lies in early detection. Early detection saves lives, tell people about testing early.
Breast and Testicular Cancer: Self-Exam Guide Tools for early detection of breast cancer
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