The Connection Between Inflammation And Cancer
Due to inflammation extra protein is released from the recipient organ that circulates in the bloodstream and for this reason, there are diagnostic tests that check the amount of protein increase in the body
From technological advancements to medical discoveries, we are constantly evolving. Exercising, eating healthy, sleeping on time, etc. have become bizarre notions with people opting for every unhealthy option possible, for their body. While not appearing to have any harmful effects at first, this toxic lifestyle is inviting diseases like cancer and inflammation in various body parts. What worsens the situation is the ever-present environmental pollution and contamination. Consequently, there has been a significant rise in the number of youngsters and middle-aged people primarily, that have been diagnosed with cancer.
The human body is designed to set processes for healing when injured. The white blood cells (WBCs) act as a defensive shield protecting the human body from foreign elements like viruses, bacteria, and infections. The process of eliminating harmful stimulation and kick-starting the process of healing is termed as inflammation. Two major factors that can lead to inflammation are physical injury and introduction of a pathogen in the body.
Symptoms Of Inflammation
- Swollen Joints
- Joint pain
- Loss of joint function
It is also important to remember that the immune system reacts excessively to bacteria present in the gut and can be without substantial symptoms. However since prevention is better than cure, we must know where the root of the problem lies.
- Causes Of Inflammation
- Prolonged low-grade food allergies
- Food sensitivities
- Imbalance of bacteria and fungi in the gastrointestinal tract, also known as dysbiosis
The effects of inflammation are not standard and vary from organ to organ. Some examples of these effects include the following:
- Inflammation of the heart leads to fluid retention or shortness of breath
- Inflammation of the small tubes leads to passage block that transports air to the lungs
- Inflammation of the kidneys that leads to kidney failure or high blood pressure
Due to inflammation, extra protein is re eased from the recipient organ that circulates in the bloodstream and for this reason, there are diagnostic tests that check the amount of protein increase in the body. Here are the three important diagnostic tests:
- Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)
- Creactive protein (CRP)
- Plasma Viscosity (PV)
Cancer is a result of out of control cell growth which means that cel s start dividing uncontrollably, to form masses or lumps of tissues known as tumours. These tumours interfere with body systems leading to malfunctioning. Different kinds of cancer have been classified according to the cell it has damaged, initially. Nevertheless, cancer is treatable if diagnosed in the earlier stage, which makes it very important to be aware of the symptoms.
Symptoms Of Cancer
- Unusual lump
- Sweating during the night
- Non-healing injuries
- Loss of appetite
- Blood while coughing, peeing or pooping
- Unexplained weight loss
Causes Of Cancer
- Tobacco and smoking
- Infectious viruses
- Improper diet and physical inactivity
- Malfunctioning hormones
- Heredity causes
Fighting with cancer affects the entire body of a person. But apart from the physical changes, a cancer patient becomes emotionally and mentally weak too. Hence, it is advisable to maintain a calm demeanour around those struggling with cancer and support them continuously.
Effects Of Cancer
- Physical body changes like hair loss, weight loss, turning pale, etc.
- Feeling exhausted all the time
- Appetite change
- Vomiting and nausea
- Risk of future infections
- Sleeping issues
Cancer treatments are prolonged, tiring and drains a person physically, emotionally and mentally.
There are three methods of diagnosing cancer:
1. Lab Tests
Abnormal levels of different substances in the body can be a sign of cancer. Therefore, when lab tests show significant change in hormones, the diagnosis is further elevated.
2. Imaging Procedures
Since cancer can occur in different body parts, various imaging procedures are followed respectively to the recipient organ. They are CT scan, Ultrasound, Nuclear Scan, PET scan, X-rays and MRI.
A sample of tissue is removed from the body and thoroughly checked under a microscope. A biopsy can take place with a needle, endoscope or a surgery.
Currently, a counter procedure (besides the treatment) to fight back such diseases is the need of the hour. Healthy lifestyle options like opting for organic food, avoiding food with high calorie intake, regular exercising, detoxification, etc. can serve as alternatives. Regular check-ups are also essential. And though we cannot be sure of the eradication of these diseases completely, we can astutely opt for options that decrease the possibility of the presence of these diseases.