Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Quit Smokeless Tobacco or.......

Smokeless tobacco is also known as chewing tobacco or spitting tobacco. The activities are divided into two activities; snuff and chewing tobacco. These both types of smokeless tobacco are held in the mouth inside the cheek or between the cheek and gum.

 Smokeless tobacco has very bad effect for human health, because tobacco contains at least 28 cancer-causing chemicals, medically known as carcinogens. The main carcinogens in smokeless tobacco are the tobacco-specific nitrosamines. Some of the other cancer-causing agents found in smokeless tobacco are formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, arsenic, benzopyrene, nickel, and cadmium.

 Nicotine is also found in smokeless tobacco, like all tobacco products. Although nicotine is absorbed more slowly from smokeless tobacco than from cigarettes, 3 to 4 times more nicotine is absorbed from smokeless tobacco than from a cigarette, and the nicotine from smokeless tobacco remains longer in the bloodstream. Nicotine is the substance responsible for tobacco addiction. A number of significant health risks are associated with the use of smokeless tobacco.

 Cancer risk
 Users of smokeless tobacco are at an increased risk for certain types of cancer, most notably cancer of the oral cavity, including cancers of the cheek, gums, lips, tongue, and floor and roof of the mouth. Some studies have suggested a link between the use of smokeless tobacco and the development of pancreatic cancer, esophageal cancer, and stomach cancer.

 Other health risks
 Those who use smokeless tobacco have an increased risk of:

 - developing gum diseases and gum recession (pulling away of the gum tissue from the teeth)

 - leukoplakia (whitish patches inside the mouth that can become cancerous)

 - abrasion (wearing down) of teeth

 - staining of teeth

 - tooth decay

 - tooth loss.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Handy Guide To Effective Leukemia Treatment

Leukemia ChemotherapyLeukemia leads to a reduction of white blood cells in the body system. Leukemia can thus be treated by way of ensuring that the body increases the White blood cells count. Leukemia treatment can also be done just by use of the same methods as used to treat cancer.

Leukemia Chemotherapy is one such way, though this may take too much time. In fact, treatment using Leukemia Chemotherapy can take a period of not less than two years. Another way of treating the Leukemia is by bone marrow transplant. Leukemia bone marrow transplant is expensive and is done in very few countries since it involves use of sophisticated instruments and highly experienced medics.

Replacement of the infected bone marrow with a healthy one is what it entails. A radiation therapy is also recommended though this has to go hand in hand with Leukemia Chemotherapy. Radiation entails giving doses of x-ray for a couple of months.

In cases where there is overproduction of White blood cells, there may be some blood infections. This may lead to blood disorders, and hence become necessary to use antibiotics to fight the problem.

If leukemia is at early stages, one can prolong survival with active immunotherapy. This is however still being experimented, as it is reported by Leukemia Society of America. Leukemia is actually a chronic problem and its treatment is not a matter of a short duration of time. Patience is thus of paramount importance. Cases of complete eradication using the above mentioned methods have been reported worldwide.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Breast Cancer Info - Symptoms, Signs & Treatment for Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Info 


In a perfect world, we'd get prior warning when breast cancer was about to occur. An alarm would sound, a red flag would wave or we'd receive a letter in the mail. But the real world, unfortunately, isn't quite so thoughtful.
Breast Cancer Info

Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Early breast cancer presents no outward symptoms. There is no pain, and no warning. In fact, the only means of breast cancer diagnosis in its preliminary stage is by finding a lump or an abnormality. This can be done by performing breast self-examination, or by way of a yearly mammogram.

Most lumps that are found in the breast are not cancerous. However, it is essential to have a doctor examine the lump immediately.

Some women find that breast cancer is indicated by a bump above the collarbone or under the arm. This bump might be persistent, and then other symptoms of breast cancer may appear. These can include changes to the skin and surface of the breast, as well as nipple inversion or discharge.

Discharge from the breast is quite common and is rarely among symptoms of breast cancer. However, if there is blood in the discharge, or if it happens in only one breast, then a physician would be more concerned. Nipple inversion is also very common, but if it occurs suddenly, it should also be brought to the attention of your doctor.

If you notice swelling or redness of the breast, this might indicate an infection of the tissue. Quick treatment is advised for any type of infection. Similarly, if you find strong pain, redness, or swelling in your shoulder, armpit, or breast, seek the advice of your health care provider. Breast cancer treatment is mostly easily when it is detected early.

Where breast cancer is present, changes may occur to the skin such as redness, puckering and changes to texture. There are some skin diseases that may cause a similar effect, however it's important to have a professional consultation to rule out any possibility of cancer.

Breast cancer can take months or even years to develop. Once diagnosed, it's crucial to begin Breast cancer treatment immediately, as it is much more difficult to treat cancer once it has begun to spread throughout the body in what is called metastastic spread.

 Signs of breast cancer

Some of the earliest signs of breast cancer can be detected by a mammogram test. Women over 40 should have this test done once per year. The test uses an electronic scanner to examine breast tissue. If something abnormal shows up, contact your physician to determine if it is something to worry about and seek treatment for.

In addition to a mammogram, manual examination and ultrasolography may also be used to detect abnormalities. A complete physical examination of the breast includes a visual inspection and palpitation, including the armpits and areas around the collarbone. Your health care provider may palpate for a lump or feel for a thickening in the skin. A biopsy, where a piece of the lump or tissue is removed, is the only definite method to test the cells and provide a positive diagnosis.

Here are some of breast cancer's most common symptoms:

* A lump in the breast, above the collarbone or under the arm, that stays for longer than a week

* Nipple discharge

* Changes to the nipples, such as inversion

* Changes on the breast's skin surface

During your regular self-examinations, if you find any of these symptoms, don't take a chance, but see your doctor as soon as you can to determine if what you have found requires treatment.