Women & Cancer
For many of us, cancer bears a mysterious connotation, and is considered
fatal and one of the most horrifying diseases, which not only affects the
physical body, but also causes severe emotional turbulence for the sufferer
and for the relatives of the patient.
It has been a direct and unconquerable threat to the human existence for
the longest time ever. Cancer affects the cell, the basic unit of the human
body. Before going into the depths of the facts and fallacies that are associated
with cancer, it is better to get a clear understanding of how cancer is
formed. The human body is made up of many types of cells.
Under normal circumstances, these cells mature, and divide to produce similar
cells, which take over the functions of the old cell and further produce
the next cell to keep the body healthy and functioning properly. Sometimes,
however, due to unknown reasons, this process goes awry, viz., some cells
undergo uncontrolled division and this process results in a proliferation
of prematured cells even when new cells are not needed.
These immature cells are liberated in the body system, and they either form
a tumor or merge with normal cells and affect fatally the function of various
systems to cause severe morbidity and mortality.
Cancer is not a single entity disease, but a group of many different diseases
that have some causative factor and pathology in common. However, all types
of cancers have different effects on the body and not all are life threatening,
if proper and timely diagnosis is made and proper treatment is given.