Anti aging guide

Cancer and Old Age

 

 

What is cancer and how it affects us when aging

Contrary to what you may think, the ‘big C’ doesn’t stand for ‘Cancer’ anymore, but for ‘Brave, Intrepid, Gallant and Confident’. Although cancer is still one of the most ruthless killers of our time, we are now learning to fight back.

Tumors can develop in any part of the body which has cells able to grow and divide. The growth of the tumor can be slow or fast and the tumor is called ‘malignant’ if it is not under the control of the organism, ie it is uncontrollable. Malignant cells are able to invade and destroy nearby tissues or migrate along the bloodstream and lymphatic canals to reach organs such as the brain, lungs or bones.

For a cancer to start in the first place, it is necessary to have an agent (a carcinogen) which stimulates the cells to become malignant. Carcinogens are chemicals found in polluted air, in cigarette smoke and in certain foods. Certain viruses are also carcinogens. Once the malignant change has taken place, the cancer starts growing and it is encouraged by other agents which promote its growth, or by free radicals and a variety of other dastardly chemicals.

In many people, cancer will grow so slowly that it stays undetected for several years, perhaps for life. This happens, for example, in the case of prostate cancer in some older men. Perhaps you yourself have cancer now without realizing it and hopefully you will never find out. But if you want to avoid cancer it makes sense to try to do everything in your power to defeat it before it takes a foothold.

Breast Cancer Facts

  • One in 12 women will have breast cancer and half of these will die from the disease.
  • Men can also develop breast cancer, but this happens about 100 times less frequently than in women.
  • Breast cancer often affects women over 60 and early menopause increases the risk.
  • One in 20 women with breast cancer has a close relative who had the disease.

 

Posted by Carol Hudgens - March 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm