Cancer in Simple and Few Words

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Cancer, in general terms, is used for diseases in which cells divide almost anywhere in the human body. This can occur without control, and can invade nearby or distant tissues, destroying them—almost like a vengeful soldier. It can be caused by the exposure to chemicals, radiation, and viruses. But, exactly how it happens is still a mystery. Early recognition of signs and symptoms may alter the course and the outcome of the disease. This is why doctors advise patients to pay attention to any changes in their bodies. 

Signs and Symptoms

I want you to pay attention to the following. The persistence of any warning signs or symptoms (something that lasts for a long period of time, like days, weeks or even longer) is more than just an annoyance. Your body is trying to tell you something. Early symptoms need immediate attention and treatment. The most common symptoms of cancer usually include:

The Importance of Early Detection

While these symptoms may indicate cancer, they may have other causes as well. There are over 100 types of cancers that can affect humans. Early detection and thorough screening is useful for cervical, colorectal cancer, breast, prostate cancer, and others.

Treatment options vary for the different types of cancer and their stages, which can be discussed with your doctor. Surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation are all treatments for cancer. However, any combination of these can help improve a patient's quality of life.