The cervix is a female anatomical structure located in the lower part of the uterus. Cervical cancer results from abnormal cell growth in the cervix. Early detection through Pap examinations and other tests are essential in cancer control and prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes a high prevalence of cervical cancer in Western countries related to lack of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and absence of screening. Fortunately proactive measures can be implemented for health promotion and cancer prevention.
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The bladder is a balloon-shaped organ in the pelvis responsible for storing urine until released by the body. Its muscle fibers allow for stretching and voluntary control of urine output. Bladder conditions occur when the natural physiology is compromised on some level. This month we acknowledge bladder cancer awareness delving into causes, risk factors, and treatment options for cancer control and prevention.
How prevalent is cancer of the bladder, and who’s at risk?
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates 74,000 new cases of bladder cancer in 2015, that’s an average of 56,320 in men and 17,680 in women. Bladder cancer is more common in older adults with 9 out of 10 diagnosis in people over the age of 55.
Cancer Control Awareness Month has arrived! This is the ideal time to initiate a proactive stance in cancer prevention and control. We’ll outline harmful habits and their role in cancer development, healthy tips for cancer prevention, and strategies to stay cancer-free for individuals with a history of cancer. Spring into cancer control and wellness, with a lifestyle that proclaims health!
Harmful Habits and Their Role in Cancer:
1. Smoking & Chewing Tobacco. Tobacco carries harmful effects to ones health regardless if it's smoked, chewed, or exposed through second hand smoking. Smoking can cause respiratory diseases and cancers that originate in the mouth, as well as throughout the respiratory tract. The Mayo Clinic documents 9 out of 10 lung cancer cases as the result of smoking, along with other respiratory conditions like emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
The Mayo Clinic comments further on the harmful effects of tobacco mentioning:
Tobacco smoke contains more than 60 known cancer-causing chemicals and thousands of other harmful substances. Even "all natural" or herbal cigarettes have chemicals that are harmful to your health. When you inhale tobacco smoke, you take in these chemicals, which reach most of your body's vital organs.
March awareness is here— acknowledging Colorectal Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Kidney Disease, and more! To better support these causes, it’s significant to understand the course of these diseases. Read below to learn more on disease process, risk factors, signs & symptoms, treatment options, and famous people who have experienced these conditions. Let’s step into wellness this month, contributing to the lives of those individuals living with MS, Colorectal Cancer, and Kidney Disease!