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Getting to Know Cancer

Human body is made up of cells. At a microscopic level, you will see trillions of cells divided into about 200 different types. Cells are our basic unit of life; all our body processes, from absorption of food to excreting our body's waste products, occur through cells.

All the cells in your body, those trillions of cells, work together as a community. However, when one cell acquires gene mutation, multiplying it when it shouldn't, it becomes abnormal causing uncontrolled growth.

How Cancer Starts

A healthy functional cell does not immediately turn into cancer cell just because of one cell acquiring gene mutation. The abnormal cell will first start to grow uncontrollably and multiply; this cell will not die, instead, they grow into other tissues.

The difference between cancer cells and normal cells is that cancer cells has lost its vital control systems so instead of repairing itself or dying when damaged (just like what the normal cell does), cancer cells make new cells that the body don't actually need. 

Causes of Cancer

Cancer is a complex group of more than 100 diseases with many different possible causes. Although there are many different types of cancer, causes may be due to a lot of factors including the following:

  • Genetic Factors where some types of cancer run in the family as people can inherit abnormal DNA from parents.
  • Lifestyle Factors such as alcohol and tobacco use, diet and physical inactivity (obesity).
  • Certain Type of Bacteria/Infection where (some infections) may cause long-term inflammation that may directly affect a cell's DNA.
  • Exposure to Chemicals/Radiation such as ultraviolet lights, radon gas, etc.
  • Other Carcinogens such as pollution, some medical treatment, etc.
  • UV Exposure or too much sun exposure.

Factors stated above causes some of the most common types of cancer according to National Cancer Institute such as:

  • Skin Cancer 
  • Lung Cancer 
  • Breast Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer 
  • Renal Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Leukemia

How Cancer Spreads

Cancer cells often begin to grow and form new cancer cells to other parts of the body. The process of spreading the cancer cell is called "metastasis". There are three main ways on how cancer cells are spread. These are:

  • Local spread – cancer grows directly into nearby body tissues.
  • Through blood circulation – cancer cells are moving through the wall of a blood vessel to get into the bloodstream where it's swept along by the circulating blood until it grows and multiply again somewhere, usually in capillaries.
  • Through lymphatic system – cancer cells travel in circulating lymph fluid until it grows and multiply again in small channel inside a lymph node.

How Cancer is Detected

In early stages of some cancer, regular screening can already detect if there are abnormal cells growing and forming in some parts of a person's body so it becomes a lot easier to treat and cure. These regular cancer screening includes mammograms that detects breast cancer, and smear test for cervical cancer. Other methods used to detect cancer are:

  • Imaging (X-ray, CT Scan, MRI Scan, PET Scan, and Ultrasound)
  • Endoscopy 
  • Tissue samples (biopsy)
  • Blood tests and other samples (includes sugar, protein, fats, and DNA)

How Cancers Differ

A type of cancer is named for the place it started no matter where it spread. So a breast cancer will still be called a breast cancer even if the cancer cells have already spread to the liver. Each types of cancer behave very differently and each type grows at a different rate as well. For this reason, cancers are treated depending on its kind as they respond differently to every different treatments.

Cancer Treatment

Because there are different types of cancer, treatment for each type is also different. Once a cancer is detected, the doctor will provide you the best treatment for your specific situation, taking account the stage and type of cancer, where it's located, where it has spread, as well as your general health.

The following are the main methods used to treat cancer:

  • Surgery (removing cancer cells)
  • Chemotherapy (using medicines to kill cancer cells)
  • Radiotherapy (radiation treatment to kill cancer cells)
  • Hormonal Therapy (lowering hormones in body)
  • Monocional Antibody Therapy (directly targets and attacks cancer cells)
  • Immunotherapy (medicines that encourages immune system to attack and kill cancer cells)
  • Angiogenesis Inhibitor Therapy (interfere with the development of blood vessels that delivers oxygen, which the tumor needs to survive)
  • Alternative and Complementary Therapy (treatment other than conventional treatments such as traditional Chinese medicines that help control cancer cells)

How Common Cancer Is

Men or women, adult or children may have the possibility of developing cancer. It's one of the leading causes of death in the world no matter how young or old a person is.That is why early cancer detection and cancer awareness is very important especially if you have risk of acquiring it (i.e genes, lifestyle, etc). It is therefore recommended to go see a doctor regularly even without experiencing any signs and symptoms. Remember that the best weapon for this problem is to find it out earlier.

Cancer and Deer Velvet Antler

Cancer is a dreaded disease – any type of it. Even just the thought of having cancer brings fear to a person. It's like a tragedy not just for the patient, but to the family of the patient as well.

There are many disadvantages of cancer. It brings anxiety, depression, and stress. It can also make a person experience severe pain, weakness, and extreme sadness. And what's worst is that it may lead to death. 

Cancer treatments such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and a lot of different kinds of medicines are generally expensive besides the fact that it brings discomfort (nausea, hair loss, and gastric disturbances are some of the side-effects during treatment). The patient is literally suffering from intense physical, mental, and emotional pain; and no words can ever describe what these individuals are going through.

For this reason, products that may help cancer patients control, if not fight, this dreadful disease are very important. Products such as deer velvet antler, which has its very own anti-cancer effects, is believed to greatly increase the efficacy of medicines and/or treatments for cancer. It also lowers down the negative side-effects of these treatments and medications, thus, reducing the patients' pain and suffering. 

CDDP, which is another name for cisplatin (chemotherapy agent which causes weight loss) when combined with velvet antler is believed to normalize weight during treatment. It is also believed that velvet antler increases the efficacy of CDDP on other types of cancer, thus, increasing survival rate.

Deer velvet antler has long history of use as a traditional medicine. Although there is not enough evidence that velvet antler can actually totally cure cancer, it still shows that it helps increase the survival rate of the cancer  patient. In some cases, it helps prevent the spread of cancer cells to other parts of the body, preventing a full-blown cancer. 

The Effects of Velvet Antler in Your Immune System

The Immune System – it has one of the most important roles in your body. It works by eliminating pathogens and tumor cells that could cause infections or diseases. If functioning properly, it protects you against germs and other microorganisms. But there are instances where it isn't, which leads to different health problems.

There are various illnesses or diseases caused by disorder of the immune system. It may include inflammatory diseases, autoimmune diseases, and cancer. If the immune system is not very active (known as immunodeficiency), it don't have the ability to fight viruses and bacteria anymore that leads to acquiring infectious diseases. On the other, if it's too active (known as autoimmunity), it can no longer identify normal tissues and begins to attack it as if they were foreign organisms. This results to many different autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, to name some.

It's still not known why the immune system can not identify good and bad antibodies, thus, attacking them both. For this reason, what one can do is to control and find treatment for these autoimmune diseases (treatment for diabetes and treatment for rheumatoid arthritis). But there's a lot that you can do with weak immune function. Cytokines which can be found in deer antler velvet, helps in initiating immune response. Studies show that cytokines in velvet antler not just boost the immune system, but it also limits the spread of infections and diseases. It also increases your neutrophil level (type of white blood cell which is essential for fighting bacteria and other foreign organisms), thus, increases your ability to fight against diseases.

Your body's ability to fight or resist diseases and infections depends on how healthy or strong your immune system is. Living a healthy life like regular exercising and a healthy diet, backed-up with the right supplement such as deer velvet antler greatly helps in strengthening your immune system and keeping it in a tip-top shape.