Cancer Test Health

Risk Factors for cancer
tobacco, diet/obesity, sedentary lifestyle, family history of cancer, occupational factors, Viruses (HPV), Alcohol, Environmental Pollution
a new and abnormal growth of tissue in some part of the body, especially as a characteristic of cancer
Why does metastasis occur?
Because cancer cells do not stick together as well as normal cells so they break away from tumor and spread
How are cancers classified?
according to the types of cells, retain some of the original properties of the host cell
most common cancer, can be one cell deep in tissue (breast/ lung cancer)
solid cancer, arise in connective and fibrous tissue
How many Americans are diagnosed yearly? How many men and women will be diagnosed in their life?
1.3 million Americans are diagnosed yearly
1/2 men and 1/3 women will be diagnosed in life
How many cases of cancer are cured?
More than 1/2
How many people who get cancer will die of it?
What is the most common cancer in men? Women?
Prostate Cancer- Men
Breast Cancer- Women
What is the deadliest/ second deadliest cancer?
Lung Cancer (1)/ Pancreatic Cancer (2-no symptoms till later stages)
Lung Cancer Risk Factors
Tobacco smoking (87% of people w Lung Cancer smoked)
Detection Lung Cancer
symptoms are not detected until cancer reaches invasive stage, chest X-ray or sputum (saliva+mucus) examination, fiber-optic bronchosectomy
Lung Cancer symptoms
Persistent Cough, Chest pain, recurring Bronchitis
Lung Cancer Treatment
Surgery, chemotherapy (although lung cancer is very resistant to it), LUNG CANCER IS VERY DIFFICULT TO TREAT
Colon and Rectal Cancer Risk Factors/ Symptoms
diet, genetic predisposition, after 50 yr of age, up to 1/3 of the population is genetically prone// Rectal Bleeding
What is the best diet to defend against Colon/ Rectal Cancer?
Low in fat and high in fiber
Breast Cancer Ratio of women to have it/ Facts/ Data
-1:8 American women will have it in life
-5 year survival rate is 79%
Breast Cancer Risk Factors
women over 50, “Disease of civiliation”- processed foods, chemicals in air, genes, high fat/ high calorie diet, sedentary lifestyle, alcohol use, early onset of menstruation, first child after 30, obesity
Estrogen is a…
Breast Cancer detection
self-exam, breast exam by physician every year, mammogram every year
Prostate Cancer Fact
3rd leading cause of cancer deaths
Prostate Cancer Risk Factors/ Detection
age, diet, lifestyle, genes, “aging” cancer// EARLY DETECTION IS KEY- PSA Blood Test
Prostate Cancer Treatment
surgical removal of prostate/ radiation
Female Reproductive Tract
Uterus, Cervix or Ovaries
Cervical Cancer
sexually transmitted, 80% stems from infection by HPV (unprotected sex), PAP test
Cervical Cancer Fact
Most common in women in their 20s and 30s
Cervical Cancer Risk Factors
sexual intercourse before 18, multiple sex partners, cigarette smoking contribute to cervical cancer
Uterine or Endometrial Age/ Detection/ Treatment
after age 55/ determined by medical exam/ treatment is surgery (hystorectomy)
Ovarian Cancer
-difficult to detect or diagnose, no warning signs
-family history or genetic factors, determined by pelvic exam
-treatment is surgery and radiation
Skin Cancer Risk Factors
sunburns and suntans, exposure to UV rays during childhood (blistering sunburn)
Skin Cancer Types
Basal, Squamous, Melanoma
How should a mole typically look?
-the mole should be symmetrical
-there should be an even, clearly defined border
-the color should be the same throughout the whole mole
-the size should be no more than ¼ inch in diameter
When do most men get testicular cancer?
early 20s- mid 30s
Testicular Cancer Symptoms
often first detected by the patient discovering a lump or swelling in a testicle, other symptoms include testicular pain or discomfort, testicular enlargement, aches in the abdomen, back, or groin; or a fluid collection in the scrotum
Testicular Cancer Risk Factors
undescended testicles, history of family testicular cancer and being white
-Abnormal production of immature WBCs; rapidly growing cells displace red blood cells
-Immature WBCs cannot fight off infections
Tumor Suppressor Genes
a gene that protects a cell from mutating into cancer
What foods are bad and cause cancer?
saturated fats, meats, alcohol
a cause and cure of cancer
Diagnosing Cancer
Biopsy, MRI, CT (computed tomography), Ultrasonography, PSA Blood Test
gives the warning signs of cancer
Cancer Treatment
Surgery, Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy
New Treatments/ Experiments
Gene therapy, Bone marrow and Stem Cell transplants, Biological therapies

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