Cancer! The word is scary itself. We wish there was a cure for it but we are still a few years away from it. The uncontrolled growth of cells of a certain tissue or organ that happens when one is affected by cancer gives problems more than the worst nightmare. The reason for uncontrolled growth might be unexplainable in some cases but there are lot of things that can be done for prevention, early diagnosis and adequate management and treatment of the cancerous state.
Due to the rising number of cancer cases each year, not only are global organizations doing their best to raise awareness but India, as a country, is also working hard to minimize the occurrence of cancer, diagnose it at an early stage and prevent disabilities and deaths associated with it. The 7th of November each year is observed as National Cancer Awareness Day since the year 2014 across India. This started after an announcement made by the then Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan to mark this day as an initiative to spread cancer awareness. It is being taken as a day to decrease the amount of burden cancer puts on a common man be it physically, mentally, on the family of the affected person or financially.
When there is even a slight alternation in normal process of cell growth and cell death and when the natural growth of cells outnumbers natural cell death, the possibility of cancer develops. The factors that initiate this uncontrolled growth include genetics, habits such as chronic tobacco chewing or smoking, not addressing existing diseases or medical conditions such as ulcers or oesophageal stricture in a timely manner. The uncontrolled cell growth in cancer mostly causes tumours but all tumours are not cancerous. Some are benign, i.e. they stay limited to the affected region and do not spread to other parts of body. Malignant or cancerous tumours interfere with normal functioning of the human body and take up excess nutrients from other body tissues. The malignant cells spread to distant parts of the body through blood, lymph and to adjacent body parts through multiplication of cells.
The problem is large. The solution requires being alert about your health for prevention and management of cancer. Here are a few tips you can include in daily routine to be on the safer side:
Beat cancer with better and prior awareness. You only live once and cancer should not be the one destroying your health. Better awareness, better prevention, better treatment!