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Cancer Can’t Change
Memories Courage Faith Friendship Hope Self-assurance Love It can never reduce eternal life. Cancer can’t steal your spirit. Just don’t turn your back on the fight. Cancer will never play fair. It’s incomplete, punch it in the nose. Sue J.O.
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A Global Burden-Breast Cancer
According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year and affecting countries at all levels of modernization.
Good News About Breast Cancer Trends
In recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause, we have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part to better due to screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.
I've learned that the anticancer diet is the exact
opposite of the typical American meal: mostly colorful vegetables and
legumes, plus unsaturated fats (olive, canola, or flaxseed oils),
garlic, herbs, and spices. Meat and eggs are optional. Through extensive
research, I devised a list of the most promising cancer fighters, along
with recommendations on how to make the most of their potential.
Include at least one, and preferably two, at every meal, to maximize
Cancer is a process of uncontrolled abnormal cell
growth and development. Under normal circumstances, cells are formed,
mature, carry out their intended function, and then die. New cells are
constantly regenerated in the body to replace those cells and to
maintain normal cellular function.
Cancer represents the disturbance of this process, which can occur in several ways.
may grow and reproduce in a disorganized and out-of-control
fashion. Cells may fail to develop properly, so they will not function
normally. Cells may fail to die normally. One or a combination of these
processes may occur when cells become cancerous.
Leukemia is a cancer of blood-forming cells in the bone marrow. These
deranged, immature cells accumulate in the blood and within organs of
the body. They are not able to carry out the normal functions of blood
Normal blood contains 3 major groups of cells: white blood cells, red blood cells,
and platelets. All 3 types of blood cells develop from one immature
cell type, called blood/marrow stem cells, in a process called hematopoiesis.
stem cells divide and develop to a more developed, but still immature
precursor, called a blast, which then develops through several more
stages, into a mature blood cell.
This process takes place in the bone marrow, which is the soft spongy material found in the center of most bones.
Each type of blood cells has its own different and essential function in the body.
White blood cells (leukocytes) are part of the immune system and help fight a variety of infections. They also help in the healing of wounds, cuts, and sores.
Red blood cells (erythrocytes) contain hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to, and removes carbon dioxide from, the cells throughout the various organs of the body.
Platelets, along with certain plasma proteins, help plug the holes in blood vessels and form clots once blood vessels are damaged or cut.
The first step in the process of stem cell maturation is differentiation into 2 groups: the myeloid stem cell line and the lymphoid stem cell line.
myeloid stem cells, or lineage, develop into red blood cells,
platelets, and certain types of white blood cells (granulocytes or
The lymphoid stem cells, or lineage, develop into another type of white blood cell (lymphocytes).
Either lineage can be affected by leukemia. Leukemias that affect the myeloid lineage are called myelocytic (also myelogenous,
myeloblastic, or nonlymphocytic) leukemias. Leukemias that affect the
lymphoid lineage are called lymphocytic (also lymphoblastic or
Each of the 2 major types of leukemia, myelogenous and lymphocytic, include both acute and chronic forms.
Acute essentially refers to a disorder of rapid onset.
In the acute myelocytic leukemias, the abnormal cells grow rapidly and
do not mature. Most of these immature cells tend to die rapidly. In the
acute lymphocytic leukemias, growth is not as rapid as that of the
myelocytic cells. Rather, the cells tend to accumulate. Common to both
types of leukemia is their inability to carry out the functions of
healthy white blood cells. Untreated, death occurs within weeks or a
In the chronic leukemias, the onset tends
to be slow, and the cells generally mature abnormally and often
accumulate in various organs, often over long intervals. Their ability
to fight infections and assist in repairing injured tissues is
impaired. However, unlike the acute forms of leukemia, untreated, these
disorders may persist for many months or, as in the chronic lymphocytic
group, many years. A distinctive feature of the chronic myelocytic type
is its invariable conversion, if untreated, to a more rapidly
fulminating acute type, leading to rapid death.
In summary, the 4 main types of leukemia are as follows:
Acute lymphocytic leukemia
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Acute myelocytic leukemia
Chronic myelocytic leukemia
LOVED ONES I LOST TO CANCER
My mother on the left- survived breast cancer then had colon cancer