The Prevalence and Manifestations of Cancer

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Cancer is a health condition in which certain cells of the body multiply and mutate unexpectedly and uncontrollably, eventually leading to several health problems and complications. In some cases, cancer can be benign; in others, it can be malignant, and possibly life threatening. Also, cancer can affect any area of the body, including the breast, prostate, thyroid, brain, pancreas, lungs, and other parts of the body. Although cancer has existed for centuries and technology has evolved rapidly, this health condition, however, currently has no cure. People who don’t have cancer can take action to lower the risk, such as exercising and eating a healthy diet. This is essential, because America’s nutritional health is deteriorating, and overweight conditions make individuals more susceptible to developing cancer. However, there are some people who are already diagnosed with cancer. In this case, treatment is available to mitigate the growth of cancer, which can vary from chemotherapy to surgery. Most cancers are usually caused by mutated chromosomes, or genes, in your body. Chromosomes contain information that allows proteins to be produced in a certain way and pattern. When a defective chromosome produces these proteins, they are not made in the way they are supposed to; instead, they are produced in a different sequence that fuels the cell division process, eventually growing cancer cells. Tumors later develop after a period of time. Cancer can be also caused by external pollutants. One common pollutant that could causes specific types of cancer is asbestos, which is a material used in construction, and this material is mostly exposed into the air during construction, renovation, or decomposition of a building. Inhaling th... ... middle of paper ... .... 12 Apr. 2010. 5. "Breast cancer and care." World of Health. Online ed. Detroit: Gale Group, 2007. Student Resource Center - Gold. Gale. Baltimore County Public Schools. 12 Apr. 2010. 6. Trefil, James. "What Causes Cancer?." 101 Things You Don't Know About Science and No One Else Does Either Jan. 1 1996: n.p. SIRS Researcher. Web. 12 April 2010. 7. Mankiller, Wilma, and others. "Cancer." The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History Dec. 1 1998: n.p. SIRS Researcher. Web. 12 April 2010. 8. Blaser, Larry. "Tumor." Gale Encyclopedia of Science. Ed. K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner. 4th ed. Detroit: Gale Group, 2008. Student Resource Center - Gold. Gale. Baltimore County Public Schools. 13 Apr. 2010. 9. "Carcinogens." World of Health. Online ed. Detroit: Gale Group, 2007. Student Resource Center - Gold. Gale. Baltimore County Public Schools. 13 Apr. 2010.

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