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The #2 Killer: Cancer                                                 Heart Disease |  Stroke | Some of the causes

banner There was a time that cancer was not prevalent and was considered a disease of old age.

Today it afflicts 25% of Americans of all ages, including infants and children.

It is believed that this has happened due to sedentary lifestyles, overeating of rich foods, depletion of the soil, modern food processing, omnipresent low-level radiation, increased susceptibility to parasitic infections, environmental toxins, smoking, too much fatty foods, and insufficient vegetables, fruits, grains and beans in our diets.

Cancer is an uncontrolled and invasive growth of an alien form of a normal tissue. Our own cells mutate and suddenly attack the very body they were created to preserve. All it takes is one tiny cell to turn; it will divide and reproduce itself constantly. They have an unnatural mobility and spread throughout the body or penetrate the walls of previously impervious tissue. The progression can develop over decades or just a few months.

A diagnosis of cancer brings with it a sense of urgency as no other disease can.

Early detection and immediate action may well make a life or death sentence.


Laboratory Tests that Detect Cancer

Since prevention is one of the most important cancer-fighting tools, it is important that cancer be detected as early as possible before it spreads.

bannerCancer Marker Tests: These are immunological methods - cancer markers that are produced as cancer grows and are detectable even before it reaches a size big enough for detection by other methods. This early detection system is vital for early medical intervention that significantly improves the chances of recovery. These include:

  • CA 15.3 values are often elevated in patients with Breast Cancer. When there is a history of cancer among family members, patients may be advised to also do a breast mammogram. Besides breast cancer, other non-malignant conditions (eg. cirrhosis, benign diseases of ovaries & breast) have also been known to cause elevated CA 15.3 levels.

  • CA 19.9 - for gastric/pancreatic or Stomach Cancer - It is a diagnostic tool for those with stomach trouble such as symptoms of gastritis, abdominal pains, or gas. Its level is best evaluated along with CEA marker test.

  • CA125 has become a widely used tumor marker which is measured most often in women with cancers of the Reproductive System including the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. Other cancers that may cause abnormal CA125 levels include cancer of the pancreas, lungs, breast and colon. However, CA125/CA125-II can be elevated during menstruation, pregnancy or in individuals with ovarian cysts, pericarditis, hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver or peritonitis, an infection of the lining of the abdomen, and even in 1-2% of healthy individuals. Once a cancer is diagnosed, CA125/CA125-II levels may prove to be an effective indicator of the effectiveness of cancer treatment. A declining CA125/CA125-II value may indicate a good response to treatment and a favorable prognosis. Persistently rising CA125/CA125-II levels may be associated with a growing tumor, presence of tumor on the peritoneum that lines the abdomen or a recurrence of a previously treated tumor. Additional evaluation is necessary to make such determinations. CA 125-II, an improved version of the original CA 125 assay, is now commercially available.

  • CEA - Carcinoembryonic antigen is a cancer marker to screen for Colorectal Cancer - it is associated with digestive tract cancers (eg of the colon) as well as other malignant and non-malignant disorders. It is recommended for those with frequent constipation, diarrhea, or bleeding piles for an initial diagnostic tool.

  • CBC Blood test lists the amounts detected of about 51 substances normally found in the blood and compares the blood status with known indicators of diseases.

Diet Plays a Major Role in Reversing Prognosis

Approximately one-third of cancer cases are attributed to smoking, one-third to poor diet and lack of exercise, and one-third to genetic or other factors.banner

Since the National Cancer Institute finally acknowledged that diet plays a major role in the development of cancer, many people have attempted dietary reform.

We need to build up our systems so that cancer can be overcome naturally. However, many of us are "built up" already with layer upon layer of excess. In this case, regeneration diets are necessary. In this type of diet, toxic excess that feeds cancer is reduced. However, cancer and other degenerations are usually a complex mix of excesses and deficiencies. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, consult your physician or a qualified nutritionist about your condition. Even in advanced cases, diet can be a successful treatment for total remission and revitalization, though it can take as long as two years.

Consult a qualified nutritionist if you already have cancer and are interested in a nutritional diet that will help you defeat this enemy!

 
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