Cancer Survival

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 214,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. Women now face a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer at some point in their life.

The human breast is a gland that is composed of milk ducts, lobes, fatty tissue, and a network of lymphatic vessels. Cancerous tumors can develop in any part of the breast. These tumors can be detected through self-examination, mammograms or thermal imaging.

The lower narrow portion of the woman’s uterus is called the cervix. This opening to the passageway is called the cervical canal. During a menstrual period the blood flows from the uterus through the canal and into the vagina. Producing mucus that helps sperm move from the vagina to the uterus, the cervix remains tightly closed. Knowing the exact function and location of the cervix will aid a lot as we discuss cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the formation of abnormal cells on the lining of the cervix. Normally as cells grow they divide, the old cells die, and new cells replace them. When the normal process by which cells divide goes wrong, masses of tissue known as tumors begin to grow. Benign tumors are not life threatening and normally can easily be removed permanently.

The thought of lung cancer is quite scary since this disease is often life-threatening. Statistics show that lung cancer is common in our world today. It is conceive mostly as a smoker’s disease and although a large percentage of lung cancer may be related to smoking, non-smokers can also develop lung cancer. Lung cancer is a disease which can make living a productive life near impossible. If untreated lung cancer will undoubtedly result in death. Fortunately there are treatment options available to individuals with lung cancer.

The lung, like any body organ has cells that continue to reproduce and form healthy lung tissue. What is lung cancer? A cancerous lung has an uncontrollable production of abnormal cells. These abnormal cells grow rapidly but never produce normal healthy lung tissue. Over time these abnormal cells clump together to form what is known as a tumor. When these cancerous tumors form in the lung, it is very difficult for the organ to function properly. Some individuals develop lung cancer in one lung while others develop cancerous tumors in both lungs.