Category Archives for Cancer

What Causes Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is cancer that affects the breast. The vast majority of breast cancer occurs in women, although men can develop breast cancer too. ‘Cancer’ is the name for a group of diseases in which the body’s cells are changed in appearance and function. Such abnormal cells can grow out of control and form a mass or ‘tumor.’ When abnormal cells originate in the breast tissue, the mass is called a breast tumor. Causes of Breast Cancer The exact cause or causes of breast...

Childhood Leukemia Symptoms

The most common type of leukemia that affects children is acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a severe medical problem marked by excessive lymphoblasts due to white blood cell cancer. The common victims of this particular type of disease are children within the age range of 4 to 12 years old. Factors that may increase the risk of this serious medical problem include genetic disorders, exposure to radiation and cancer therapy. For a better understanding of this disease, here is a quick take on the different...

What Causes Colon Cancer?

The National Institute of Cancer (NIC) in the US defines colon cancer as “cancer that forms in the tissues of the colon (the longest part of the large intestine)”. NIC states that most colon cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). Colon cancer is also called colorectal cancer or large bowel cancer which is cancer that starts in either the colon or the rectum. Colon cancer is the third commonest form of cancer and third leading cause...

Colon Cancer Symptoms

Like most cancers, recognition of the symptoms is essential for successful treatment of this disease. The proceeding information should be understood and learned by all health all conscious individuals. Colon Cancer Signs The early symptoms of the disease is tumor bleeding. As the tumor increases, bowels may change. The stool will turn narrow. There will be some stomach pain. One may feel bloated or very full. Cramping and severe gas pains will ensue. Diarrhea or constipation will be experienced....

What Causes Brain Tumors?

A brain tumor is defined as an abnormal growth of cells within the brain or inside the skull. The growth can be benign or malignant. It is further defined as any intracranial tumor created by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division, normally either in the brain itself, in the cranial nerves, in the brain envelopes (meninges), skull, pituitary and pineal gland, or spread from cancers primarily located in other organs (metastatic tumors). The brain is a soft spongy mass of tissue that is protected...

Leukemia Symptoms

Although its cause is still being debated, there are symptoms of the disease you can recognize. One may experience some or all of them. Leukemia Signs One indication is a feeling of chronic weakness regardless of physical activity. This is coupled with inexplicable weight loss. In some cases the weight loss may be extensive. One may become suddenly prone to viral infections. Susceptibility to bacterial diseases will be apparent. Other signs are frequent headaches and some skin rash. The skin will...

Symptoms of Lymphoma

Unlike other cancers, the cure rate is quite high for this health condition. The key is recognizing the symptoms early. Lymphoma Signs Some of the most common symptoms are weight loss coupled with increased sweating in the evenings. Itching is experienced and there is pain after drinking alcohol. The sensation is felt where the lymph node has grown. As the lymph node grows, it affects other organs. Nerves are pinched resulting in loss of muscle control. Other major signs include kidney failure and...

Liver Cancer Treatment

Liver cancer treatment depends on the cancer stage as well as the health status of the patient. Treatments aim to get rid of the cancer. If that is no longer possible, the goal will be to prevent its growth or relieve the symptoms. Surgery Partial hepatectomy is a process that removes cancer from the liver. Some healthy tissues are taken out as well. Surgery is possible if the liver is in good condition and the tumor is still small. Cryoablation Cryoablation utilizes cold to eliminate the cancer...