Things You Should Know If You Have Cancer

 

Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapy, are all treatments used to cure or relieve the symptoms of different types of cancer. Surgery normally involves complete removal of the tumor. The purpose of chemotherapy is to kill or stop the growth of cancerous cells, without affecting normal cells. Radiation is also aimed at inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.

The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a cause of cervical cancer. This virus causes genital warts, which are transmitted by sexual contact. The only way to prevent the spread of HPV is the use of condoms and abstinence, or a vaccine that protects against the disease. Be responsible and don’t practice unprotected sex. The possibility of cancer isn’t worth the risk.

Being diagnosed with Cancer can be an incredibly traumatic experience, but it is important that you keep communication open with your doctors and your loved ones. Shutting yourself off from the world of self pity is not how you will beat the illness. Keep your loved ones close to you for support and keep your physicians available.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you should be willing to take help from wherever it may come. Help could come from family and friends, your place of worship, or even the community overall. You can find help out there; be sure to take it. You might not be able to work with cancer and the emotional toll may be too much to handle alone.

Working to reduce your exposure to radiation is one of the best ways you can prevent cancer. Now, the jury’s still out on whether or not cell-phone usage puts you at a higher risk of things like brain tumors, but there is a direct link between cancer and radiation. So do what you can to avoid radiation.

It’s important that you work hard to deal with your feelings and emotions if you or someone you know has cancer. This is going to be a very emotional time in ways you cannot possibly understand unless you’ve been through it, and unchecked emotions can destroy relationships permanently and lead to a world of regret.

While mammograms can be somewhat uncomfortable, the minor discomfort should be no reason to forgo this critical screening procedure. It only takes a few moments. The results could be catching the cancer early and saving your life and breasts, so don’t let that uncomfortable feeling prevent you from getting screened.

A great way for cancer survivors to deal and to know what lies ahead is to network with other survivors. There are plenty of cancer survivors in the world, thankfully, and they meet up at support groups and even on internet forums, so you can always keep in contact with other survivors.

As a preventative measure, some women who are genetically predisposed to breast cancer, may have a mastectomy. Chemotherapy is often able to kill cancerous cells, but it also affects normal cells leading to anemia, hair loss and other side effects. Hormone therapy can sometimes cause certain types of tumors to regress. New treatments are being researched and developed on a continuous basis.