Cancer is not as small as the word itself is. It is much more complicated and serious. We cannot define cancer as one disease. In fact, cancer is a family of more than 400 different types of diseases, each with its own symptoms, mortality and rate of growth. Cancer can occur at any age, though they become more common with advancing age.
Any cancer initiates when abnormal cells grow out of control. Cancer cells can also invade other tissues, something that normal cells cannot do. Growing out of control and invading other tissues are what makes a cell a cancer cell. Moreover, untreated cancer can lead to serious illness and death. The body is made up of trillions of living cells. Normal body cells grow, divide, and die in an orderly fashion. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems. During the early years of a person’s life, normal cells divide faster to allow the person to grow. After the person becomes an adult, most cells divide only to replace worn-out or dying cells or to repair injuries.
Determining what causes cancer is complex. Many things are known to increase the risk of cancer and can directly damage genes or combine with existing genetic faults within cells to cause the disease. Viruses, unhealthy dietary habits, smoking, tobacco consumption, alcoholism, obesity, hormonal factors, exposure to smoke and harmful chemicals are proven factors that cause cancer. One has to be very careful with his/her regular habits to avoid any form of cancer in future. Everything one does should follow a certain amount of limitation to avoid risk factors.
WORLD CANCER DAY
World Cancer Day is marked on February 4 to raise awareness about cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment worldwide. It is a chance to raise our collective voices in the name of improving general knowledge around cancer and dismissing misconceptions about the disease. On this day, entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. The aim is to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease.
‘Fighting today for the chance of cure tomorrow’ defines the spirit of people who struggle with cancer and go through a mental and physical strain in that process. Manipal Hospitals believes in raising awareness on cancer and taking initiative to educate people and conveying that how important is it to learn about cancer as prevention is any day better than cure and being one of the leading Hospitals in Bangalore, we realize the importance of raising such awareness.
From 4th – 18th February, Manipal Hospitals is running a campaign “We pledge against cancer.” For the same, the hospital will put up cancer pledge trees on its premises. Those who wish can stick a cancer ribbon on the paper tree, for the type of cancer they wish to pledge against. But to fight against cancer, this isn’t enough; a collective effort is required from all of us.
Cancer cannot be fought in a day. It is an ongoing process and therefore, support from family and friends is essential. Walk up and help your loved ones who are fighting alone against cancer.