Showing posts with label Cancer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cancer. Show all posts

Breast Cancer in Men ! Yes it happens

Most of us remain unaware of the fact that Breast Cancer can happen in men too. It is not a totally women specific medical condition. According to American Cancer Society, 1% cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in men. 2,550 new cases and 480 deaths occur among American men every year due to breast cancer. Some people find this fact hard to digest, but it happens. Increasing your knowledge on this topic can help you in understanding why it happens in men and also help you in diagnosing early symptoms of breast cancer in men.

Why do men have breast cancer, when they don't have breast?
Most of the people think that men don't have breast, but the truth is that men possess very small breast tissue behind their nipple, which is non-functioning in nature and cannot produce milk. Male breasts have small undeveloped ducts and small amount of fat compared to females. But still this region can get affected by cancer due to some factors mentioned further in this article.
Do you know that Gynecomastia is a disease which makes men develop breasts like women due to hormonal imbalance.
Which factors set men at risk of Breast Cancer ? 

  • Elevated levels of female hormone estrogen is major factor responsible for breast cancer in men.
  • Family history of breast cancer.
  • Radiation exposure can also set you at risk of breast cancer. Sometimes radiation exposure given on chest region to treat other types of cancer can sometimes result in breast cancer.
  • Klinefelter's syndrome also put you at risk of breast cancer. It is a genetic disorder in which instead of having XY chromosome, the man have XXY chromosome. One extra X chromosome that comes from mother, results in excess estrogen hormone, which can result in breast cancer. Men suffering from this disease have 50 times more chances of suffering from breast cancer than normal men.
  • Alcohol Abuse: Alcohol abuse causes a disease named cirrhosis of the liver, which results in high estrogen level and it can lead to beast cancer.

In 85% Male Breast Cancer cases, excess estrogen in one of the major reasons.
Do deodorants cause breast cancer in Men? This article previously published on betterhealthfacts.com give you an insight on a suspected source of breast cancer among men.

Male Breast Cancer Symptom

A lump beneath the nipple is the most common clinical symptom. It should be diagnosed by a doctor as it might be just gynecomastia. Other common male breast cancer symptoms are:

  • Itching on  nipple
  • nipple turning inwards
  • ulceration of skin
  • discharge from the nipple

Worst thing about male breast cancer is that it can also spread to nearby organs, so the symptoms should not be ignored.

Types of Breast Cancer in Men


  • Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma: Origin of this type of cancer is in ducts (tubular structures) of the breast. It is called infiltrating because it can easily spread to other nearby tissues. It is most common breast cancer in both men and women.
  • Lobular cancer: It is very rare among men as it happens in the milk glands, known as lobules. Even if a man develops breast, the chances of having lobules are extremely rare.
  • Ductal Carcinoma in situ: In this less common type of male breast cancer, the cancer exists only in the ducts.
  • Cystosarcoma phylloides : This type of breast cancer occurs in the connective surrounding tissues of the ducts.
  • Paget's disease of the breast : This type of breast cancer affects the skin of nipples.

Male Breast Cancer Treatment

Staging is done before any type of treatment which is similar to stages of breast cancer in women. Further treatment depends on the stage of cancer. Surgery is the most common initial treatment for male breast cancer. In that surgery following portions of the chest are surgically removed.

  • removal of the breast
  • removal of lining over the chest muscles
  • axillary lymph nodes from underarm are also removed
  • In some cases, some muscles of chest are also removed

After the surgery some therapies like chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and hormone therapy can be suggested if the specialist believes that cancer has spread to lymph nodes.

Cancer Treatment coming soon ! Thanks to Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy has given a hope to millions of cancer patients as clinical trial for cancer treatment done on 90 mice was made public a few days ago. Such research might sound cruel for these mice but it can give humans a good cancer treatment. This successful clinical trial has attracted the attention of both doctors and cancer patients around the world. Now the pharma companies and scientific community are looking towards immunotherapy as a medical revolution of the 21st century.

According to Ronald Levy, MD, professor of oncology at Stanford School of Medicine, they run the trial on 90 mice after transplanting lymphoma tumors on two sites on their body. Then they injected two agents into one of the tumor. The results were surprising as it cured 87 mice. It not only regressed the tumor injected with agents, but also the other tumor. Remaining three mice, which were not cured, went through the same procedure again and got cured.

How does our immune system struggles with cancer normally ?
Our body have T-Cells which are part of out immune system. As soon as T-cells recognize the proteins present on cancer cells, it tries to attack them and kill them. But as the cancer tumor grows the activity of T-cells is suppressed, which leads to further development of cancer.

How does immunotherapy cures cancer ?
Some agents are injected into the cancerous tumor, which activates the suppressed T-cells again and they start killing cancer cells.

How does Professor Levy's method Work ?
He and his team has developed two immunotherapy agents for this approach. Both of these agents are injected into cancerous tumor in micogram amount, which is one-millionth of a gram. A short stretch of DNA called a CpG oligonucleotide, finds the T-cells already present in the tumor and amplifies the expression of OX40 (its activating receptor). The other agent, which is an antibody, binds itself to OX40 and activates the T-cell for fight against cancer cells. As those T-cells were already inside the tumor and sent by body to destroy cancer-specific protein, they act as a better destroyer of cancer cells, just by improving their expression and activation.
This approach not only treated the tumor injected with agents, but also the second one in those 90 mice. These results made this immunotherapy approach more interesting. However the above approach was initially used to treat lymphoma tumors, but the researchers witnessed similar results in breast, colon and melanoma (skin cancer) tumors.

Now as the world is waiting for human trials to be completed successfully, some lymphoma patients are already enrolling themselves for the clinical trials. We hope that all those who enroll themselves in this trial get cured successfully and open the gates to cancer treatment.

Reference:
https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2018/01/cancer-vaccine-eliminates-tumors-in-mice.html

Immunotherapy : An approach to treat Cancer

Immunotherapy is getting popular now-a-days as it is a promising future treatment for cancer. Experts and pharma companies believe that within a few years a reliable cancer treatment will be available due to immunotherapy. Lack of side effects is also making it popular for clinical trials.

What is Immunotherapy ?

Immunotherapy is a way to empower our own immune system to detect and fight against a disease, which is normally ignored by our body due to some hiding techniques used by some virus, bacteria and cancer cells. Immunotherapy is treating a disease by inducing, enhancing, or suppressing the immune system response of a disease. Those diseases which threatened the man kind till now, might get a treatment in near future due to immunotherapy.

Most of us are familiar with vaccination that kids get during childhood. But what most of us don't know it that it is a type of immunotherapy which activates our immune system (by injecting some dead virus/bacteria) to develop antibodies which can fight against the actual virus/bacteria and sometimes give us a lifelong protection.

Types of Immunotherapy

Activation immunotherapies : Designed to elicit or amplify an immune response.
Suppression immunotherapies :  Reduce or suppress immune response.

Auto Immune Diseases, in which our body don't recognizes a body part and our immune system starts to destroy it, were one of the biggest challenges. Suppression immunotherapy can successfully deal with such situation. Around 7% US population is affected by at least one of the 80 types of auto-immune diseases. Women are more prone to such diseases.

When cancer starts developing in body, our immune system tries to kill those cancerous cells but gradually stops that procedure as cancerous cells imitate to be a part of body. Activation Immunotherapy stimulates and activates our immune response for those cancerous cells again and destroys cancerous tumors. Currently trials are being done on lab rats for success of this technique.
An example of cancer immunotherapy is the use of BCG vaccine for treating bladder cancer. Originally BCG vaccine was developed to fight against tuberculosis, but later researchers found that the same vaccine activates our immune response for bladder cancer.
When it comes to organ transplant, doctors often fear that the recipients immune system might reject the received organ, taking it as a foreign object. Usually immunosuppressant drugs are given in such cases, but now suppression immunotherapy can also be used  as it has comparatively lesser side effects.

Reference:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immunotherapy

Mineral Oil is Cancerous (used in Baby Oils and Beauty Products)

What is Mineral Oil ?

Mineral oil (also known as White Oil) is a liquid byproduct of refining crude oil which is used to make gasoline and some other petroleum products. It mainly contain alkane and cycloalkanes. Its density is around 0.8 g/cm3. Term "Paraffinum perliquidum" is used for light mineral oil and "Paraffinum liquidum" or "Paraffinum subliquidum" for thicker varieties of mineral oil.
It is a transparent, colorless and tasteless oil. It best property is that it is inexpensive, which made it widely popular among a number of industries.

Mineral Oil Usage


  • Veterinarian use it as a mild laxative for pets.
  • Mineral Oil is a common ingredient in baby lotions, cold creams, ointments and cosmetics.
  • It is used as a lubricant in enema, as most of it comes out as the stool rather than being absorbed by the body.
  • Mineral oil is rubbed on wooden kitchen items in hotels and restaurants, as it reduces the absorption of food liquids into them and thus making them easy to clean and no food odors. 
  • It is used as non-conductive coolant in electrical components such as transformers. So transformer oil is actually mineral oil.
  • Mineral oil and detergent are mixed to make Horticultural oil, which is sprayed on plants to suffocate pests and reduce their population.
  • In textile industry light mineral oil is used as spindle oil (a lubricant).
  • It is also used as brake fluid in disc brakes of some bikes and cars.

Mineral Oil's effect on Health


  • Mineral oil is extracted from crude oil, which itself contain various toxins and some carcinogens.
  • Mineral oil is considered as comedogenic (which clogs pores on skin) and may result in acne. However cosmetic companies claim that they used highly purified form of mineral oil, which is non-comedogenic.
  • According to WHO (World Health Organization) untreated or mildly treated mineral oil comes in Group 1 carcinogen.
  • Due to its laxative effect, usage of mineral oil in children's foods is discouraged.
  • Maximum permissible limit of consuming mineral oil is 100 mg per day, but our baking industry alone is responsible for making us ingest 80 mg per day, as mineral oil is widely used there. 
  • Mineral oil as an ingredient of hair oil to act as a cheap lubricant. Some studies have found that usage of mineral oil in hair oil may impair the healthy growth of hair.
  • Mineral oil-based moisturizers can increase the growth rate of tumours. 

Mineral Oil is a Carcinogen

According to cancer.gov mineral oil exposure increases the risk of nonmelanoma skin cancer, particularly of the scrotum.
22% of all petroleum based cosmetics contain "1,4 dioxane" which is an animal carcinogen and a possible human carcinogen as well.

According to a study published in Women's Health in 2011, 142 women who were undergoing C-sections were tested for body fat and post-delivery milk samples. Researchers found that both fat and milk were contaminated with MOSH (mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons).

Mineral Oil is ingredient of a number of cosmetics and comes with different label names, so that it gets harder for you to distinguish them. Some of those names are:

  • Mineral oil
  • Petrolatum
  • Liquid paraffin
  • Paraffin oil
  • Paraffinum
So next time you read these labels, decide it yourself either you want to use that product or not. Some experts say that only unpurified mineral oil is harmful and carcinogen, while purest form of mineral oil is OK for health. But why should we use it when we already know that it was derived from a harmful substance. 


Reference:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral_oil
https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/substances/mineral-oils
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21970597
https://beautyeditor.ca/2014/10/16/petroleum-mineral-oil-skin-products

Do Deodorants cause Breast Cancer

A very interesting fact about most of the breast cancer cases is that most of the cancerous tumors are found in left upper / outer breast region (in both men and women). Most of the right handed people (which are majority), spray deodorants and antiperspirants on that region primarily and then other parts of body. It is enough to explain the seriousness of this issue.

People often due deodorants to get rid of body odor. Newer deodorants guarantee that they will keep your body odor null for a complete day. They do it by using certain chemicals that either make you sweat less or by killing the good bacteria on your skin which makes your sweat smell more. Such products are usually released in market after doing some short term researches which show that these products are safe for normal usage. Researches are going on to know the actual effect of these deodorants / chemical after long term usage. Some recent researches have shown some interesting results which can make the whole world think twice before using any deodorant in market.

 Before we go further, you must know about the type of products which are used to get rid of body odor.
  • Perfumes were just to put on clothes to override your body odor.
  • Deodorants mask the smell with a fragrance
  • Probiotic deodorant promote certain bacterial colonies which can make you smell better.
  • Antiperspirants reduce the amount of sweat.

When we searched about this issue on internet we found a website named cancer.gov which contain some authoritative information about it. According to cancer.gov Antiperspirants contain some aluminium based compounds which temporarily plugs the sweat duct and hence the sweat flow from the skin is reduced. Some experts believe that these aluminium compounds when applied for longer duration, may cause estrogen-like hormonal imbalance in body. As current researches suggest that estrogen can promote breast cancer cell growth, so some researchers believe that aluminium compounds in antiperspirants may promote breast cancer.

But does that mean that men are on safer side ?  Read further.

Parabens are a kind a preservatives used it deodorants and antiperspirants, which can also mimic the activity like estrogen and may cause cancer. However parabens are currently not used it most of the deodorants and antiperspirants in US, but still it is being used in cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical products.

Some studies were done by examining breast cancer patients and examining their history of usage of antiperspirants and underarm deodorants and underarm shaving habit. However most of these studies don't conclude a solid result, but still more researches are going on.
Manufacturers of such products always advertise on the basis of some major researches which found them safe for use, but still consumers use their own brain sometimes.

A fact published in dailymail.co.uk made a number of consumers feel something serious about usage of deodorants and antiperspirants. Britain is one of the leading consumers of such products and number of breast cancer cases in UK has doubled from 1970. Every year 13000 women in UK die due to breast cancer, which is something serious. The cases of breast cancer has not only affected women but also men, where the cases have also doubled in past 30 years.

 It doesn't matter if researches have found something or not, but if people get fearful of something then its consumption starts decreasing gradually. Some safety guidelines like frequency of usage and amount of usage should be printed on these products to save the consumers from any possible side effects. Hormonal imbalance is one of the primary reasons behind cancerous tumors in breast, so think twice before using any such product which may or may not harm you.

Is Cancer a Vitamin B17 Deficiency ?

Recently one of my friends posted something interesting on facebook, but later i found that it was some fake news regarding Cancer treatment. That post claimed that Cancer is caused due to Vitamin B17 deficiency, so cancer can be cured by eating Vitamin B17 rich foods, such as almond and apricot pits. When i first read it i was a bit suspicious but the content of that post really convinced me and i thought that it may be true. So i researched on this topic on internet and found some interesting facts about this myth.

There is no Vitamin B17

When we researched about Vitamin B on internet, we found that there is no Vitamin B17. There are eight Vitamin B, these are B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12. All of them are available as supplement in B Complex capsules. An article on Wikipedia, the most trusted knowledge database, about Vitamin B can easily help you if you want to know the truth.

Who spread this Vitamin B17 Myth

The beginning of this myth leads us to Ernst Theodore Krebs, Jr. (1911-1996). His followers has spread this myth in social media. If you read about this person on Wikipedia, you will find that he was a dropout from various colleges and universities and later got a Bachelor of Arts Degree, not even a science degree. His father Ernst Theodore Krebs, Sr. (1876-1970) was a physician and claimed to have a syrup for various ailments, which was later found fraudulent and seized by government. Kerbs Jr co-patented semi-synthetic chemical compound closely related to amygdalin named laetrile and called it Vitamin B17 himself and claimed that it can cure cancer. But this claim was not supported by any research or trials. Instead this semi synthetic compound Vitamin B17 can cause cyanide poisoning.

Some educated people in the society fall prey to this myth, and spread it on social networks, with the hope that they have found cure for cancer. But it is important for an educated person to know reality before forwarding any message for such a fatal disease. People suffering from Cancer can very easily fall prey to such myths and get a false hope. Some people even try alternative therapies in the last stages of cancer because they don't want to leave any stone unturned .

If you still think that Alternative treatments like Vitamin B17 can cure Cancer then you should read our article Placebo - The pill with no Medicine. Sometimes our faith works more than any medicine, but not in in case of Vitamin B17 as it can itself cause cyanide poisoning.

A Request: Please don't forward any medical myths as they don't only give false hopes to patients but also make them waste their precious time that they can use for some real treatment. If you are not sure about any healthcare message on your social media account, then don't forward it or do a proper research before forwarding it.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Symptoms Infection Vaccine & Cure

Human Papillomavirus, inshort known as HPV, is a virus from Papillomavirus family. It has more than 170 different types. Its different types are designated with numbers, starting from HPV1 to HPV170. Most commonly its harmful to humans and found connected to cancer of different organs in human body. Cancer of the penis, anus, cervix, vulva, vagina, mouth, or throat can occur due to HPV infection.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Symptoms

In most of the cases the HPV infection causes no symptoms and get resolved spontaneously. But in some cases this Human Papillomavirus (HPV) persists and causes warts or precancerous lesions. Symptoms depend on the the type of HPV. HPV5 may remain your body throughout your life without any symptoms. Diseases connected to other HPV types are listed below.
HPV type Disease
2, 7, 22 Common warts
1, 2, 4, 63 Plantar warts
3, 10, 8 Flat warts
6, 11, 42, 44Anogenital warts
6, 16, 18, 31, 53, 58Anal dysplasia (lesions)
16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, 68, 73, 82 Genital cancers
more than 15 types Epidermodysplasia verruciformis
13, 32 Focal epithelial hyperplasia (mouth)
6, 7, 11, 16, 32 Mouth papillomas
16 Oropharyngeal cancer
60 Verrucous cyst
6, 11 Laryngeal papillomatosis

How does Human Papillomavirus spreads?

Usually Human Papillomavirus (HPV) spreads through sexual contact. Some factors increase the risk of HPV infection. These factors are Multiple partners, weak immune system, smoking and sex during teenage.

Some Facts about Human Papillomavirus

  • Its a DNA Virus
  • There are more than 150 types of HPV
  • More than 40 of its types spread through sexual contact.
  • It does not spread by toilet seats.
  • It can spread from a pregnant mother to her baby.
  • HPV only affects humans
  • Same person can get affected by more than one type of HPV
  • HPV is the most common STI (sexually transmitted infection) around the world.
  • In USA, 27000 cases of HPV infection are reported every year.
  • HPV16 and HPV18 are responsible for more than 70% cervical cancer cases.
  • HPV16 is responsible for more than 90% Anal Cancer cases.

Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine can save you from HPV infection only if you are vaccinated before the infection happens. According to doctors the best age to get HPV Vaccine is between 9 to 13 years.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Cure

The best cure for HPV infection to get vaccinated between 9 to 13 years of age and not indulging into sexual activities at an early age. Even if you are an adult its better to avoid multiple partners and practicing safe sex.

Cancer and Human Papillomavirus

As we have stated earlier that Cancer of the penis, anus, cervix, vulva, vagina, mouth, or throat can occur due to HPV infection. More than 90% of the Cervical Cancer occur due to HPV16 and HPV18. More than 60% of all other cancers occur due to different types of Human Papillomavirus.

Carcinogen - Substances that can cause Cancer

Carcinogen


Carcinogen are those substance which are directly involved in causing cancer. Its includes not only those components which which are directly linked to causing cancer but also those which are suspected to help a cancer causing element to evolve.

Carcinogen are available in plenty of things in our nearby object but we hardly recognize them. Here we list some most common carcinogens are making us prone to cancer in our own house and outside our house.

Carcinogens inside our house



  • Formaldehyde, a chemical common in building materials. Formaldehyde is a class A carcinogen. Here Class A means worst of its types. Formaldehyde have 50 different synonyms, which are used by manufacturers to hide its presence in their product. Methyl Aldehyde is one such common synonym.
  • Styrene, which is used to make plastics and rubber.
  • Bisphenol, used in the manufacture of food containers and drink bottles
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls found in coolants, flame-retardants and plastics. It affects nervous system and also linked to liver and brain cancers.
  • Perfluorinated found in fast food packaging, non-stick utensils, stain resistant carpets and furniture polishes. It makes people prone to bladder cancer.
  • Organochlorides found in plant pesticides toand mosquito repellents. It can create male genital problems and its disrupts the hormone secretion.
  • Phthalates found in plastics (water bottles and toys of children and many perfume bottles). Its also a hormone disrupter.
  • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers found in flame-retardants in cars, furniture and TVs, and in clothing treatments. It causes severe hormone disruption and blood disorders.


Carcinogens outside our house



  • IARC has classified outdoor air pollution as a carcinogen in 2013. Previously diesel engine exhaust, solvents, metals, and dust were categorized as carcinogens but not complete outdoor air pollution is mentioned as a cancinogen. It is a good step to make people aware of the bad effect of air pollution.
  • Particulate Matter is another carcinogen. However its a part of air pollution. It is combination of extremely small solid particles and liquid droplets found in air.


Miscellaneous Facts



  • You are inviting cancer to infect you or you family member if you are living near main roads.
  • Children are at most risk if you are living near petrol stations.
  • If you think farmers living in a natural environment are at lower risk of getting cancer, then you are wrong. Pesticides and herbicides used in farms are one of the major causes to develop several types of cancer.
  • Living near power cables or electricity sub-stations is also found dangerous for your health.
  • Some studies have found that living near chemical factories, steel makers, wood cutters/timber merchants or cement factories increases the risk of getting blood cancer or kidney cancer.


Lung Cancer and Air Pollution

During past few years passive smoking and air pollution in metro cities is becoming the major cause of lung diseases. Lung cancer is the worst form such diseases which can take a person to verge of death if not diagnosed at right time.

In a report in 1981, out of all cancer deaths

  • 2% are caused due to pollution
  • 4% are result of occupational exposure
  • 30% are due to smoking
  • 35% due to incorrect diet

Either the environment of that time was much safer or there were some mistakes in that report.

2010 report by the US President's Cancer Panel claims

  • 19% of all cancer deaths worldwide are due to environmental pollution and occupational exposure.

In year 2010 more than 220,000 lung cancer deaths were caused due to air pollution. Majority of these deaths were in China and East Asian Countries due to particulate matter in environment.

In year 2010 around 157,300 deaths in US were caused due to lung cancer. More than 17000 of them were non smokers. Researches contribute exposure to asbestos, passive smoking and air pollution is main reason for these 17000 lung cancer deaths.

According to a data from the Global Burden of Disease Project there were 3.2 million deaths around the world resulted from air pollution in year 2010, including 223,000 from lung cancer.

Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo monitored the health of more than 16000 men in the age group of 40 to 49 years between 1971 to 1998. During the study 418 men got lung cancer. Researchers lead to the following conclusion from that study.

  • Nitrogen oxide, mainly produced by traffic and Sulphur Dioxide increased the risk of Cancer.
  • Urban Air Pollution increases the risk of cancer in men.


Recently a six year old Chinese girl is diagnosed with lung cancer. She is the the youngest patient of lung cancer ever. The main reason for her condition is found to be air pollutants in her locality.

Air pollution exposes majority of population to risk of lung cancer. No matter how rich you are, you are similarly exposed to this threat same as a lower class person. Pollution due to industries and vehicles can't be stopped in a single day. So even if some regulations were imposed, still it will take years for the condition to be better.

No only the air outside your home is polluted, some carcinogens inside our house also pollute the air inside our house. Most of us don't even know the several carcinogen are present in the building material used to construct our house. Know more about Carcinogens.

13% Deaths in World are caused due to Cancer

Cancer is often taken as synonym for "Death" by common people. However medical science is much advance now and a number of cancer patients are treated successfully, but still "Cancer" is number one killer in this world. The following information is not for those who are already a cancer patient. Its for those who are healthy people and it will encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle to prevent themselves from this disease.

There are a number of types of cancer depending on the organ affected by it. The facts given below considers all types of cancer as just "Cancer".


  • Around 7.4 Million people die due to cancer every year, which is 13% of deaths around the world in a year.
  • 70% cancer deaths occur in lower class or middle class communities. This percentage is low in developed countries.
  • One-third population in developed countries develop cancer at least once in their lifetime.
  • Two in nine people develop cancer twice in their lifetime. It means that cancer can develop in any organ irrespective of the first cancer.
  • One in nine people can develop a cancer twice, if the survived the first.


Deaths by Cancer


Here are few major types of cancer with the number of lives taken by them every year.

  • Lung Cancer: 1.3 Million
  • Stomach Cancer: 803 Thousand
  • Colorectal Cancer: 639 Thousand
  • Liver Cancer: 610 Thousand
  • Breast Cancer: 519 Thousand


Deaths by Cancer in Men


The most common organs of men which are usually affected by cancer are oesophagus, lung, stomach, liver and prostate. Mortality rate of different types of cancer in men is as follows:

  • Lung Cancer: 31 % Mortality
  • Prostate Cancer: 10% Mortality
  • Colorectal Cancer: 8% Mortality
  • Pancreatic Cancer: 6% Mortality
  • Liver Cancer: 4% Mortality


Deaths by cancer in Women


The most common organs of women which are usually affected by cancer are lung, breast, stomach, colorectal and cervical.


  • Lung Cancer: 26 % Mortality
  • Breast Cancer: 15% Mortality
  • Colorectal Cancer: 9% Mortality
  • Pancreatic Cancer: 6% Mortality
  • Ovarian Cancer: 6% Mortality


How you can save yourself from Death by Cancer ?



  • More than 30% of cancer cases can be prevented by not smoking tobacco and having a healthy diet.
  • Remaining physically active and having a healthy diet also prevents you from getting cancer.
  • Never take any health problem lightly and get it checked and diagnosed with the help of a doctor. If cancer is detected in early stage than it can be treated adequately.
  • 70% cancer deaths occur because they are not diagnosed at an earlier stage where it can be prevented from growing further. So get yourselves checked properly for any medical condition.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer is one of the worst diseases which happen in women. Almost 99% cases of breast cancer occur in women. Several therapies are used by women worldwide to get cure from this disease. Some people take Ayurvedic treatment for Breast Cancer as an alternative medicine. In some cases its cured as well. But there are no accurate studies to take it as a guaranteed treatment for Breast Cancer.

Here we will discuss Ayurvedic treatment for Breast Cancer ans if you should take it or not. Before we go further lets look few known causes of breast cancer.

Factors and Causes of Breast Cancer


  • Gender: Usually Breast cancer occur in women. More than 99% of all breast cancer cases occur in women.
  • Menstrual history: Those women who started menstruating before age 12 and those who went through menopause after 55 years of age have a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Age:Risk increases with age. More than 50% cases of Breast Cancer occur after the age 60. More than one-third cases occurs after age 75 years. 
  • Pregnancy and breast feeding: If you have never been pregnant or if your first pregnancy occurred after 30 years of age then you have an increased risk of getting breast cancer.
  • Alcohol:Alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer in women.
  • Smoking: increases the risk for breast cancer.
  • More Weight: Obese women have slightly higher risk of getting this disease after menopause.
  • Socioeconomic Status: Those women who belong to high society are more prone to breast cancer because they are more exposed to alcohol, smoking or stress.
  • Diet and lifestyle: High Amount of fat and oil in diet and low physical activity contribute to developing breast cancer.
  • Wearing tight bra and sleeping with bra makes you more prone to breast cancer. 
  • Breast is one of the biggest lymph gland and it should get some exercise to grain.

Ayurveda and Breast Cancer


Some Ayurvedic Herbs which are known for having anti-cancer properties are
  • Tumeric
  • Amla
  • Holy Basil
  • Ashwagandha
  • Boswellia
  • Nigella sativa
  • Rhubarb root
  • Triphla

There are some therapies in Ayurveda which are found helpful in treating Breast Cancer

  • Touch Therapies 
  • Aromatherapy 
  • Some Herbs or Plant treatments (Some herbal medicines are safe, but not all. Some heavy metals present in herbs might cause negative impact on your regular treatment) 
  • Yoga, Relaxation Techniques 
  • Massage 

Before starting any of the above therapies its better to consult an Ayurvedic Doctor. As mentioned above some herbal medicines contain heavy metals, so its better to ask your regular doctor before you start using them. Sometimes these herbal medicines may cause complications in your regular medication.

Yoga (Relaxation Techniques) is known to reduce stress in people suffering with breast cancer.

Ayurveda and Health


According to Ayurveda all health problem occur when our mind, body and spirit are out of balance. Main motive of Ayurvedic practices is to bring back that balance, and it will prevent and cure the diseases.

There are three types of elements (doshas) in our body:

  • Vata, which means Air and Space
  • Pitta, which means Fire and Water
  • Kapha, which means Water and Earth

These three types of elements work in harmony. One of these elements is always strong in our body but our health is maintained only when we make correct balance between these three. Due to this reason we should follow some ayurvedic practices to maintain that balance.

Here are a few Ayurvedic medicines which are found helpful in treating cancer, especially Breast Cancer:


  • Withaferin A: The compound Withaferin A taken from Withania somnifera, an ayurvedic plant, stopped the growth of breast cancer in mice. In an american research, its found that it stopped the growth of cancerous cells.
  • Sanjeevani: Sanjeevani (selaginella bryopteris) one of the most famous Ayurvedic Herb is found helpful in stopping cancer cell growth in some laboratory experiments. It even reduced the size of skin tumours in mice.
  • Pomegranate: Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is used to treat prostate, bowel and liver cancer. However there are no studies done on humans to verify this fact.
  • Indian frankincense: salai guggal or Indian frankincense is used to treat inflammatory conditions in ayurvedic treatment. In a US research study in 2011 acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA) taken from the gum resin of Indian frankincense is found to slow down the growth of bowel cancer in mice.
  • Mangosteen: This fruit is used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicinal system. A compound named alpha-mangostin found in outer layer of this fruit has shown the characteristic to kill various cancer cells in some lab experiments. When its tested on mice, it slowed growth of breast cancer.
  • MAK-4 and MAK-5: These two ayurvedic medicines is used in some laboratory studies and found good in controlling tumours in rats and cancer cells.

Alternative Medicine for Cancer Patients Treatment

Alternative Medicine for Cancer Patients Treatment


Alternative Medicine are one of the widely used treatment method apart from the conventional medicine system used by doctors and cancer patients. Alternative Medicine Therapy has shown positive impact on the side effects of cancer and conventional cancer treatment. The importance of Alternative Medicine Theraphy can be estimated by the fact that National Cancer Institute (NCI) is running clinical trials and researches to know its effect in cancer treatment.

Types of Alternative Medicine Therapies for Cancer Patients


  • Prayer and Spiritual Practice
  • Relaxation
  • Faith and Spiritual Healing
  • Nutritional Supplements and Vitamins
  • Natural Products
  • Deep Breathing Exercises

Some of the commonly used Alternative Medicine Therapies to treat various types of cancer are given below.

  • Acupuncture to prevent dry mouth and improve quality of life in head and neck cancer patients receiving radiation.
  • Tai Chi for physical fitness and stress reduction in cancer survivors.
  • Acupressure for persistent cancer-related fatigue.
  • Coenzyme Q10 on doxorubicin blood levels in women undergoing treatment of breast cancer. 

Note: Before starting any alternative medicine treatment for cancer, its better to consult your doctor. Sometimes alternative medicine may interfere with your regular medicine. So to avoid any complications its better to take this preventive measure and ask your doctor, instead of being your own doctor.

Before starting the Alternative medicine treatment its better to know the answers to following questions :

  • What benefits can be expected from this therapy?
  • What are the risks / side effects are associated with this therapy?
  • Do the known benefits outweigh the risks?
  • Will the therapy interfere with conventional treatment?
  • Is this therapy part of a clinical trial? If so, who is sponsoring the trial and Are there some good results?
  • Will the Alternative Medicine therapy be covered by health insurance?

Proper research must be done before starting any new treatment. So don't just go for Alternative medicine unless you are sure and have confidence on it.

All types of Alternative medicine treatment for various types of cancer can't be put on this page. Its better to stick your search to particular type of cancer and search for its alternative medicine. 

Types of Mesothelioma Cancer and its Cells

Types of Mesothelioma



  1. Malignant Mesothelioma (Cancerous)
  2. Benign Mesothelioma (Non-cancerous)


Types of Malignant Mesothelioma (by cell-types)



  1. Epithelioid Mesothelioma: Epithelioid cells have a clearly defined, elongated egg-shape and they have a visible nucleus. They multiply faster than other mesothelioma causing cells.
  2. Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma: Its cells spindle-shaped and have an enlarged, elongated nucleus. Somertimes they have multiple nucleus and they are harder to identify.
  3. Biphasic (Mixed) Mesothelioma: In this type of Mesothelioma, both epithelioid and sarcomatoid cells are present in the cancer.


Types of Malignant Mesothelioma (by organs affected)



  1. Pleural Mesothelioma: It affects lungs
  2. Peritoneal Mesothelioma: It affects abdomen
  3. Pericardial mesothelioma: It affects heart 
  4. Mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis: It affects covering layer of testicles


How Mesothelioma affects our organs?

Our body have a thin membrane covering cavities in our body, its called mesothelium. This membrane have a good lubrication, so that our surrounding organs can move easily. An example of that movement is expansion and contraction of our lungs and heart. If this thin membrane get affected by cancerous cells then its called mesothelioma. This type of cancer is mainly caused by asbestos. It may cause formation of tumors which may be cancerous or non-cancerous in nature.

 Types of Benign Mesothelioma (by organs affected)



  1. Adenomatoid Mesothelioma: It affects the reproductive organs. Benign tumor can develop in epididymis (ducts that carry sperm cells out of the testicle) in Men. Benign tumor can develop in fallopian tubes in women
  2. Localized Fibrous Tumor of the Pleura: It occurs surrounding the lungs. Normally its non-cancerous in nature. But in 10% cases it may become cancerous.
  3. Benign Cystic Mesothelioma: This type of mesothelioma occurs in the abdominal cavity.