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CANCER SECTION

Welcome to the Cancer Section of this Website.

·                    More than 4 million Americans are currently being treated for cancer.

·                    Each year, 1.3 million Americans are newly diagnosed with cancer.

Studies on people who have moved from one country to another suggest that exposure to risk factors for cancer vary by geographic location. For example, in Japan, the rate of colon cancer is lower, and the rate of stomach cancer is higher, than in the United States. But this difference has been found to gradually disappear in Japanese families that have moved to the United States.

Because cancer is a degenerative process that occurs to the whole body, the mind and the spirit, the successful treatment of cancer is best accomplished by multiple therapies.

Cancer is a disease in which healthy cells stop functioning and maturing properly… There is a controlled way that normal cells grow and die. These cells often undergo mutations that are simply spontaneous errors appearing in normal DNA molecules. Most mutations occur when a gene is exposed to radiation or particular drugs or chemicals. These carcinogens come to nothing because our DNA has a built-in repair mechanism, but repeated insults will eventually result an altered gene expression in key genes called oncogenes and tumor-suppressor genes.

Every cell in the body has the ability to turn cancerous, and many do so on a daily basis. Cancer develops when initiators or triggers interact directly with the cellular DNA to start the cell damage. Initiators can take the form of carcinogens. When we don’t eat enough fiber, the length of time that these carcinogens stay in our intestinal tract cause a greater exposure of the intestinal lining to cancer causing agents.

A breakdown of metabolic function can also lead to initiation when enzymes which normally deactivate cancer causing substances, start to function improperly. This causes them to activate the carcinogens instead.

After the initiation of the cancer process, the disease will often lie undetected for many years. Factors that promote the disease process during this latent period are called promoters. While promoters do not directly interact with the cellular DNA, they can further the cellular damage, allowing cancer cells to continue spreading abnormally. Promoters can alter certain tissues of the body in order to make them more favorable for tumor growth. Promoters create the environment conducive for tumor growth.