For the benefit of an education, Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. These should be contrasted with benign tumors, which do not spread.
The possible signs and symptoms include (a) lump(s), abnormal bleeding, prolonged cough, unexplained weight loss and/or a change in bowel movements. However, it should be noted that a runny stomach does not automatically translate to cancer, and in any case, consulting Google for symptoms of what might be wrong with you has the potential of throwing you into deeper panic.
Cancer is NOT contagious. A healthy person cannot “catch” cancer from someone who has it. There is no (existing empirical) evidence that close contact or things like sex, kissing, touching, sharing meals, or breathing the same air can spread cancer from one person to another.
With a view to improving the spread of information, World Cancer Day, marked every year on February 4, was inaugurated by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment, in line with the goals of the 2008 World Cancer Declaration.
The primary goal of cancer awareness campaigns is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer, which is why every year World Cancer Day is regarded as an opportunity to rally the international community to reduce the risk of exposure to the pain caused by cancer.
In the words of international family life columnist Debra-Lynn B. Hook, “Breast Cancer, Lung and Bronchus Cancer, Colon and Rectal Cancer, Uterine Cancer and Thyroid Cancer are the top 5 cancers that affect women”. According to her, understanding the risk factors associated with these five variants of cancer is the first step to minimise risk.
Judging from research figures, breast cancer makes up about 30 percent of cancer cases that currently plague women. To further illustrate this, for every women battling with cancer, you would probably find that breast cancer is the diagnosis for what is faced by at least three of them. Breast cancer is about 100 times more common in women than in men, and while there isn’t a definitive way to prevent breast cancer — many risk factors are beyond human control — being aware of the common risk factors (which include oral contraceptive use, alcohol consumption, exposure to estrogen and dieting changes) can help people deal with things within their purview.
Also more common with women is the threat of cervical cancer, which is cancer arising from the cervix. It results from the abnormal growth of cells that have the ability to invade or spread to other parts of the body. Symptoms may include abnormal vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain, or pain during sexual intercourse.
Many people today have felt the pain of losing someone through the scourge that is cancer, and there is no such thing as “doing too much” when it comes to raising awareness on cancer by sharing vital information with one another. Early detection remains the key to defeating cancer!
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