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CANCER

 Stand by Me-John Tesh

CANCER

THIS IS NOT A FASHION STATEMENT AS ONE IGNORANT PERSON SAID TO ME-

IT'S LIFE



STILL bEAUTIFUL

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.

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-facts

CANCER AFFECTS EVERYONE, NOT JUST THE VICTIM


Brain Cancer

Types of Brain Cancer

Cancer of the brain are abnormal growths of cells in the brain.

  • Although such growths are popularly called brain tumors, not all brain tumors are cancer. Cancer is a term reserved for malignant tumors.
  • Malignant tumors grow and spread aggressively, overpowering healthy cells by taking their space, blood, and nutrients. Like all cells of the body, tumor cells need blood and nutrients to survive.
  • Tumors that do not spread aggressively are called benign.
  • In general, a benign tumor is less serious than a malignant tumor. But a benign tumor can still cause many problems in the brain.
  • http://www.webmd.com/cancer/brain-cancer/

SLIDESHOWS OF HOW TO EAT

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/ss/slideshow-foods-to-save-your-heart

http://www.webmd.com/cancer/ss/slideshow-cancer-fighting-foods

ANTI CANCER DIET

Anticancer diet

Disease-proof your life

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 your protection.

Published November 2011, Prevention

http://www.prevention.com/food/food-remedies/one-doctors-personal-food-cures-cancer/anticancer-diet

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Leukemia Overview

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.

Cells 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 cells.

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.

  • These 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.

  • The myeloid stem cells, or lineage, develop into red blood cells, platelets, and certain types of white blood cells (granulocytes or monocytes).


  • 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 lymphogenous) leukemias.

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 few months.


  • 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


 

Joseph H. Johnson-colon cancer



Phyllis Owen-Breast cancer



Emily Harbold- Breast cancer




Dorothy Johnston-Pancreatic cancer


Frederick Johnson-leukemia-ON THE RIGHT


Emma- Pancreatic cancer



                                             Louie-Leukemia


 

John Harbold-leukemia

Ann Gredell-breast cancer

Florence Keller-pancreatic cancer

Raven Woods- leukemia and brain cancer


 

 


 

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