Almost everyone on the planet will know someone who has died from cancer but the cure will come; huge advances have been made in recent years so the cure my not be that far off. When you think about the impact that a cure would bring to this global problem it sends a shudder through your spine. Because we don’t fully understand exactly what causes cancer it means that we can only take certain precautions to avoid it.

Even now many people do not really understand what cancer is despite growing up with it all around them. Could it be true that we are all born with it? The word cancer is often used by some to explain something that spreads out of control; this is what happens with a population of cells that increase in size by replication, similar to the amoeba; although cancer is able to spread to neighboring cells and other parts of the body.

A cancerous tumor keeps growing but a benign one is self-limiting and generally won’t cause any harm to the body. There are rare occasions when a benign tumor changes to a malignant one. The disease may affect people of all ages and there is an increased risk of suffering from the more common cancers as you get older; cancer is responsible for around 130,000 deaths for every one million people each year. Cancerous cells may have been transformed by radiation or poison for example and this creates genetic abnormality in those cells which then continue to grow and divide.

Although genetic abnormalities may be caused by it they may also be randomly acquired through problems in the body’s DNA replication; a genetic trait may be inherited and thus present in all cells from birth. Complex relationships between carcinogens and a person’s genetic makeup may explain why only some develop it after exposure to a known carcinogen.

Research into the cause of cancer continues around the globe and is the disease most frequently studied on a regular basis. More knowledge is being acquired about cancer each year. We are always learning more about diseases and how they affect our bodies and minds. We are continually trying to find out why this disease attacks some and not others. After all we all want to know more about why we contract cancer and how to avoid it.

One of the major causes surrounds food and dietary habits. Your regular diet could be putting you at long term risk from all kinds of diseases. People are generally eating too much of the wrong things such as an excess salt intake, too much saturated fat and certain dairy produce. Studies have shown that there is a connection between dairy produced calcium and prostrate cancer.

No-one is immune from cancer. It can affect anyone at some time in a person’s life. Sometimes the disease is only picked up through routine screening. Usually the cancer is at an early stage and a person may have a better chance of being cured. the number of different types of cancer that can be treated has increased dramatically in recent years with so much intensive research being carried out. For those people diagnosed with cancer, my heart goes out to them and their families; however, the constant research is paying off and the life expectancy of cancer victims is increasing all the time.