Types of Cancer: Many types of cancer are detected among men and women, with breast cancer and cervical cancer common among older women and among older men prostrate cancer.
Breast Cancer: Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer in women and the second most common cause of cancer death in women in the US. It has been known for some time that oestrogen plays a key role in the development of breast cancer. Women who menstruate early, before the age of 12, and those going into menopause late, after 55, or who have their first child after age 35, or who have no children at all, are at a higher risk of developing the disease. While age at menarche and menopause, and number of children, are easy to establish and the risk calculated, the problem with foetal exposure is that there is no apparent way of knowing what it was….. but then again, perhaps there is. According to researchers from the University of Central Lancashire, skin colour may be the answer. The theory is that relative skin colour within each racial group may be a marker of foetal exposure. The lighter the skin, relative to people of the same overall skin colour, the greater oestrogen exposure and therefore the higher the breast cancer risk. Research shows that women with a lighter skin are also likely to have a longer index finger. Intriguingly, and to complete the circle, vulnerability to early breast cancer has also been associated with a relatively long index finger.
Breast Cancer Cure: Women with breast cancer have many treatment options. These include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and biological therapy. The choice of treatment depends on the stage of the disease.
The researchers say that in future research, colour scores should be taken from patients with breast cancer and from age matched healthy controls and compared. Light skin may also be predicted of early age of presentation of the tumour, the presence of oestrogen receptors on the
tumour and rapid progression of the disease. It could also be helpful in the treatment of the disease, because women with lighter skins may be more likely to respond to oestrogen-blocking drugs.
Local or Systemic Therapy: Cancer treatment can be achieved by either local therapy or systemic therapy. Surgery and Radiation therapy are local treatments while Chemotherapy, Hormone therapy and Biological therapy are systemic treatments.
CAM: Some women with breast cancer use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Complementary medicine is called when used with standard treatment. Alternative medicine approach is used and called when used instead of standard treatment.
Acupuncture, massage therapy, herbal products, vitamins or special diets, visualization, meditation and spiritual healing are types of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
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