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Don't fall victim to cancer; learn how to battle the disease and win

Cancer prevention

(NaturalNews) How to Fight Cancer & Win, by William L. Fisher, is an amazingly informative book about cancer, its causes, and advice on how to beat it. It was published in the 90s, but is as relevant today as it was then, presenting a host of "scientific guidelines and documented facts for the successful treatment and prevention of cancer and other health problems." The following is an excerpt from the book:

What it is

Cancer in man is a group of related diseases (over 100) that may develop in any part of the body. It can strike anyone of any age but comes more frequently as we get older. One death in every four in the United States comes from cancer.

Statistics show that over 66 million Americans now living will eventually develop cancer. It occurs in just about three out of every four families in the United States and kills more children between the ages of 3 and 14 than any other disease.

But a diagnosis of cancer is not necessarily a death sentence. Dr. Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., former director of the National Cancer Institute, says, "The American people are unduly pessimistic about what happens to them when they have cancer. Truly, half the cancers in this country are curable."

Statistics from the N.C.I, show steady progress against this most feared of all diseases. In the 1930s, less than 20 percent of cancer victims survived for five years. By the 1940s, the five-year rate of survival had grown to 25 percent.

Today, over 50 percent of diagnosed cancer patients survive to reach the magic number of five years. Children have fared even better. At least 60 percent are expected to be among those surviving for five years.

What it does

How does this killer operate? In brief, cancer is the uncontrolled and disorderly multiplication of abnormal cells that form a malignant tumor (neoplasm) that is usually identified medically as a carcinoma or sarcoma, depending on what part of the body is involved.

The main difference between benign and malignant tumors is that benign tumors are usually enclosed within a capsule composed of a membrane of connective tissue. Benign tumors don't spread, and degenerative cell changes are much less frequent than in malignant tumors.

But a cancerous cell operates outside natural law. Cancer destroys life by invading an essential organ where it grows out of control. When it expands to the point where the organ can no longer carry on its essential function, death inevitably follows.

Dr. Lance Liotta, chief of the NCI's Laboratory of Pathology, explains, "Cancer invasion and metastasis (spreading) is the main cause of treatment failure. That is really what kills the patient in most cases."

The human body is a gigantic collection of cells. Cells and the products of cells make up all the tissues and organs of the body. All bodily functions are carried on by cells. Cells of one tissue differ from those of other tissues, depending on what function they perform.

The chromosomes contained in the nucleus of each cell carry the programming that determines how the cell will function in the body.

Normal Cell Division

New cells develop only from preexisting cells and come into being by a process called mitosis, or cell division. During mitosis, the cell's chromosomes divide and move to opposite sides of the original cell. Upon completion of the last of the four phases of mitosis, each of the two new daughter cells is an exact duplicate of the original cell, complete with a full set of programmed chromosomes that tell it what to do and how to function.

ONCOGENES - This term comes from the Greek word "onko," or tumor, and signifies a gene with the potential to cause a cancerous tumor. Packed into each and every cell in our body are upward of 50,000 bits of information called genes.

Genes comprise the genetic code for all parts of our bodies. Among the 50,000 genes present in each cell, science has identified about 20 different proto-oncogenes in perfectly normal genetic material. This means that every single one of us carries proto-oncogenes capable of developing into cancer.

Since proto-oncogenes are present in all normal cells, the question is "What turns them on?" Why do some unfortunate individuals develop cancer while others, even those in the same household, do not?

Researchers are working overtime to target the triggers. Certain external factors (including chemicals, viruses, and exposure to radiation) are being investigated because of their ability to cause gene mutations.

To read more from How to Fight Cancer & Win, pick up a copy here, today.


Fischer, William L. (2000) How to Fight Cancer & Win: Agora Health Books


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