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Thyroid Cancer - The Most Important Things You Need to Know

Thyroid cancer is not among the most common types of cancer, but this does not mean that diagnosis is less scary. Quite the opposite, the lack of knowledge can aggravate the anxiety in patients who have just found out they have such a problem. This is the main reason why awareness of this disease should be raised.

The thyroid gland is an important organ. It is located in the lower part of the front neck. It is responsible for the secretion of different types of hormones that regulate the use of energy and other body functions. Thyroid cancer is characterized by the growth of abnormal cells in this gland and the formation of a malignant tumor.

Researchers have not discovered yet what causes this condition. What they know is that there are DNA changes going on in the normal thyroid cells that make them become cancerous. The only thing that is known for a fact is that exposure to radiation may increase your chances of getting the disease.

One important thing to consider is that exposure to …

Traditional Cancer Treatment - A Detailed Overview of the Treatment Options

Every medical condition can be treated. This is applicable to cancer as well. Being diagnosed with this condition does not mean certain death. With the advancement of medicine traditional cancer treatment becomes more effective. This means that the percentage of people continuing their life normally after treatment is increasing significantly, even for the deadliest forms of cancer. For this reason, it is worth looking at the traditional cancer treatment forms in more detail.

Surgery is the main type of traditional cancer treatment. In almost all cases, when the condition is treatable, the malignant tumor is surgically removed. Usually, the tissue surrounding it is also removed surgically, so that any remaining cancer cells cannot spread. It is also possible for the surgeons to remove the lymph nodes surrounding the tissue so that the spread of the cancer to other parts of the body is prevented.

In some cases, when the tumor has grown significantly, the entire organ is removed. This is …

Cervical Cancer - What You Need to Know about This Type of Cancer

Cervical cancer is not among the most common types of cancer. However, it is equally dangerous. It is worth learning more about the condition, its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

Just like any type of cancer, this condition is characterized by the accelerated uncontrolled growth of tumor cells in the cervix, the opening of the uterus into the vagina. Unlike other forms of the disease, the causes of cervical cancer are known. It is caused by a kind of virus called human papillomavirus, HPV for short.

It should be pointed out that not all types of HPV cause the growth of tumor cells. In fact, there are over 100 types of this virus, while HPV 16 and 18 are responsible for 70% of the cases of cervical cancer.

You can get infected with the virus during sexual intercourse. It may stay in your body for years, without manifesting itself in any way until tumor cells start growing out of control. In general, the infection with the types of HPV that cause the disease does not have symptoms of an…

Skin Cancer - The Main Facts You Need to Know

There is a lot of talk about skin cancer, but most people do not know much about the condition or have plenty of misconceptions about it. That is why it is a good idea to get a brief introduction to this condition. Knowing more about this disease will allow you to take effective measures for prevention and screening as well as for diagnosis and treatment, if necessary.

Skin cancer usually refers to melanoma. This is only one type of this cancer, but it is the most serious one, even though it is not the most common. The condition is characterized by the growth of tumor cells in a specific area of the skin.

In most cases, a melanoma will grow on an area of the skin that is unmarked by a mole or another common skin growth, such as a birthmark. The tumor growth resembles closely a typical mole. However, it is characterized by a black or brown color and uneven edges. Often the shape of the growth is asymmetric as well. The melanoma is usually flat. In most cases, such growths are larger than…

Top 4 Anti-Cancer Foods You Should Have on Your Table

It is true that the causes of most types of cancer are unknown. However, it is also true that the right amounts of different types of nutrients in our bodies can keep us healthy. Researchers have studies these nutrients and the foods they come from and home come up with optimistic results that these foods may help prevent and fight cancer. Here is a list of the top anti-cancer foods.

Beans are one of the best anti-cancer foods. All types of beans and black and pinto beans, in particular, are rich in powerful antioxidants. These compounds can protect the cells from damage. Laboratory studies have shown that these antioxidants can slow tumor growth. In addition, they can prevent it from spreading to other cells. Given all this, it is more than recommended to serve beans or dishes with beans on your table regularly.

Grapes and purple grapes, in particular, have recently gained great popularity as an anti-cancer food. They contain resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that has the potential t…

Bladder Cancer - Learn the Most Important Facts

Bladder cancer is not one of the most common types of cancer. However, just like any type of malignant tumor it can be lethal, unless diagnosed and treated on time. That is why it is definitely worthwhile to learn more about the condition.

Bladder cancer is defined as the growth of cancer cells in this part of the urinary tract. As these abnormal cells multiply, they create a malignant tumor. Researchers have not yet discovered what causes this disease. What they know is that changes in the DNA of normal cells occur.

For this reason, even though exact causes are not identified, some risk factors for the development of the condition have been identified. Exposure to radiation and dangerous chemicals can put you at higher risk. Smokers and individuals over 40 years of age are also more likely to develop the condition. Men and Caucasians are also at higher risk. An unhealthy diet that contains a lot of fats is another bladder risk factor. Some parasites that can enter the bladder can cause…