If you have anal cancer or are close to someone who does, knowing what to expect can help you cope. Here you can find out all about anal cancer, including risk factors, symptoms, how it's found, and how it's treated.
Sometimes anal cancer causes no symptoms at all. But bleeding is often the first sign of the disease. The bleeding is usually minor. At first, most people assume the bleeding is caused by hemorrhoids (painful, swollen veins in the anus and rectum that may bleed). They are a benign and fairly common cause of rectal bleeding.
Important symptoms of anal cancer include:
A lump or mass at the anal opening
Pain or a feeling of fullness in the anal area
Narrowing of stool or other changes in bowel movements
Abnormal discharge ...
No matter, you are smoker or non-smoker, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., and knowing the early signs of this illness may eliminate an important risk.
-If you notice any of these 5 common early signs of lung cancer, you should consult your doctor immediately.
-A common cold coughing last for about 1-2 weeks, but if you experience constant coughing for about 1 month, you should definitely visit your doctor for a checkup.
-If you notice any changes in your voice, such as roughness or deepening, and if these changes last longer than 2 weeks, let your doctor know about these symptoms. Lung cancer may start pressing on the nerve that controls the larynx.
-Having shortness of breath or experiencing difficulties when b...
During Asbestos Awareness Week, we put a spotlight on asbestos exposure and what can happen if someone is overexposed.
Often, the more serious and well-known conditions like mesothelioma and lung cancer receive the most attention during Asbestos Awareness Week. Today we’re touching on the other cancers and benign conditions caused by asbestos.
Thanks to commercials on television, many people have become aware that asbestos exposure causes mesothelioma and lung cancer. It is less widely known that asbestos causes cancer of the voice box (larynx) and ovaries.
Asbestos actually causes more benign conditions than cancerous ones. These noncancerous conditions range from mild and nonthreatening to severe and life-threatening. The latest treatments and medications have fortunately improved qua...
Data from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that just 6,000 cases of syphilis were reported in the year 2,000. Shockingly, more than 88,000 new cases of syphilis were reported in 2016.
Jessica Shepherd, an ob-gyn in Chicago notes that she has seen the number of these devastating STD infections grow tremendously since 2012.
Statistics from The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that syphilis normally affects men who sleep with men, although 10% of new diagnoses are among women.
-Syphilis is a super-scary condition, and that’s what makes this alarming news. The bacterial infection is commonly spread through oral, anal, or vaginal sex. It progresses in three different stages. The seemingly prettier face of this condition is it can be easily treated with ...
You are what you eat” is an adage known to everyone. But what we do before a meal also has a great impact on our health.
Bright Side is going to tell you about 9 things you can’t do on an empty stomach (no less than 2 hours after your last meal). As a bonus, you’ll find information about what you can do when you’re hungry at the end of the article.
9. Take anti-inflammations
Aspirin, paracetamol, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can’t be taken on an empty stomach. Not only does it reduce their effectiveness but it causes serious health problems (such as gastric bleeding) as well.
Advice: Milk lowers the negative effects of NSAIDs. If it’s not available, you can wash the drug down with plenty of water.
8. Drink coffee
Even decaffeinated coffee stimulates the pr...
Surely, you have noticed people are eating more and more avocados lately. Perhaps you are wondering what is the deal with this? Why are avocados suddenly becoming really consumed? Well, one thing you might not have known before is that avocados are actually a superfood. They contain tons of vitamins and minerals. They will help with a lot of things if you incorporate them in your diet. Apart from making your body healthy and young, they will aid with cancer and other diseases. Let us look into this a bit more. What can avocados actually do for your health?
Avocados for Weight Loss, Battling Cancer and More
-There are six main reasons why you should consume more avocados and now we will present them to you.
-They can prevent heart diseases. This is due to the fact that they are ric...
Women with early stage of cervical cancer usually do not experience symptoms until it turns into a cancer in a developed stage.
-Symptoms begin to appear only when the cancer develops and becomes severe. Here are some signs to pay attention to.
-The Pap test is extremely important in the diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer, and other cancers of the reproductive tract such as ovarian cancer. This test localizes the abnormal cells of the cervix and then they treated if needed.
In addition to testing and analysis, it is important to detect the first symptoms for effective treatment:
-The most frequent symptom of this type of cancer is irregular vaginal bleeding that many women tend to ignore. Irregular bleeding usually occurs between periods or after intercourse, ...
Researchers around the world are working to find better ways to prevent, detect, and treat breast cancer, and to improve the quality of life of patients and survivors.
Some of the many active areas of research include:
Breast cancer causes
Causes and treatment of metastatic breast cancer
Reducing breast cancer risk
Managing ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
New lab tests for breast cancer
New imaging tests for breast cancer
Breast cancer treatment
Breast cancer causes
Studies continue to uncover lifestyle factors and habits, as well as inherited genes, that affect breast cancer risk. Here are a few examples:
Several studies are looking at the effect of exercise, weight gain or loss, and diet on risk.
Studies on the best use of genetic testing for breas...
Changes or mutations in DNA can cause normal breast cells to become cancer. Certain DNA changes are passed on from parents (inherited) and can greatly increase your risk for breast cancer. Other lifestyle-related risk factors, such as what you eat and how much you exercise, can increase your chance of developing breast cancer, but it’s not yet known exactly how some of these risk factors cause normal cells to become cancer. Hormones seem to play a role in many cases of breast cancer, but just how this happens is not fully understood.
Inherited versus acquired DNA mutations
Normal breast cells become cancer because of changes (mutations) in DNA. DNA is the chemical in our cells that makes up our genes. Genes have the instructions for how our cells function. Some DNA mutations are inherited ...
Exposure to asbestos generally causes two major types of cancer: Mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer. Both types of cancers affect the lungs and chest and can cause pain and difficulty breathing.
Death rates by state for mesothelioma and lung cancer tend to correlate with each other. The five states with the most mesothelioma deaths also have the most lung cancer deaths.
Each disease can take decades to develop yet only months to spread to distant organs. Both have similar diagnostic procedures and treatment techniques.
In addition, lung cancer and mesothelioma have overlapping symptoms. They both commonly cause chest pain, coughing, difficulty breathing, fatigue and weight loss. If a patient has these symptoms along with a history of asbestos exposure and/or a history of smok...
Cervical cancer develops in a woman's cervix (the entrance to the womb from the vagina). It mainly affects sexually active women aged between 30 and 45.
Symptoms of cervical cancer
Cancer of the cervix often has no symptoms in its early stages. If you do have symptoms, the most common is abnormal vaginal bleeding, which can occur during or after sex, in between periods, or new bleeding after you have been through the menopause.
Abnormal bleeding doesn't mean you have cervical cancer, but you should see your GP as soon as possible to get it checked out.
If your GP thinks you might have cervical cancer, you should be referred to see a specialist within 2 weeks.
Read more about the symptoms of cervical cancer and diagnosing cervical cancer.
Screening for cervical cancer
The best way ...
Ovarian cancer remains silent for a long time. The symptoms appear progressively, as the tumor evolves. This explains why the diagnosis is often posed when the disease is already advanced.
The symptoms of ovarian cancer often occur only at an advanced stage.
This may include:
digestive disorders, such as bloating, nausea, transit disturbances, loss of appetite or stomach pain;
Gynecologic disorders, such as disruption of menstrual periods, abnormal bleeding or vaginal discharge, tension in the breasts;
local disturbances related to tumor mass: urinary loss, pelvic pain, increased abdominal volume, feeling of gravity or discomfort at the abdominal level.
None of these symptoms are specific; they may be caused by another disease, benign, of a Gynecologic nature or not. Als...
In the presence of hemoptysis (bloody spug) or chronic persistent pulmonary or general symptoms, a checkup is required to investigate a possible bronchopulmonary cancer. The diagnosis is confirmed by the analysis of tumor fragments taken by biopsy during bronchile fibroscopy.
What are the symptoms of lung cancer ?
Before the onset of symptoms, bronchopulmonary cancer can be discovered on a balance sheet for another reason.
Respiratory symptoms that may reveal lung cancer are multiple. In the beginning, these are often signs that may seem quite banal in a smoker or former smoker.
Due to the persistence of an abnormal symptom, it is important to consult your attending physician, especially in the case of smoking in progress and even stopped for a long time, but also ...
In the Face of smoking cessation, women and men do not have the same chance of success. Women are at a disadvantage. Here are the reasons.
The National Institute of Drug abuse, an American addictions agency, estimates that women have a 31% less chance of quitting than men.
The study was conducted with 177 smokers to whom the researchers showed series of images for two weeks.
These images were divided into three themes: smoking, stress and neutral.
Women have more stress
The analysis of the reactions of smokers and smokers to these images shows that smokers have more stress, more negative emotions and a need for fumerune cigarette more important after viewing a stressful image than men.
Indeed, women smoke more when they are stressed than men and have 31% less chance of successful s...
Screening for cancer of the mouth:
Cancers of the mouth are cancers that develop in the floor of the mouth, the tongue, the tonsils, the palate, the cheeks, the gums and the lips. Today, 70% of the mouth cancers are diagnosed too late, which reduces the chances of healing. The sooner the cancer of the mouth is detected, the more effective the treatments are.
It is important to have your mouth regularly monitored, as lesions caused by mouth cancer are not easy to spot by oneself and are not necessarily painful. Dental surgeons and treating physicians can play a decisive role in this detection and refer to a specialist, if necessary.
Increased vigilance is recommended for smokers and regular consumers of alcohol. In fact, the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and other substances (...
Breast cancer treatments can cause persistent pain (weeks, months). Chronic pain is defined by a persistence of more than 3 months, but beyond the duration, are above all the intensity and the impact that alter the daily life and the quality of living. It is quite possible that a chronic pain is very inconvenient for the person concerned.
Breast-level surgery (mastectomy, lumpectomy)
During the surgery, especially when it concerns the lymph nodes of the armpit region, the nerves of the breast region can be damaged, resulting in a pain known as regional neuropathic. This pain, still called Intercosto brachial neuralgia, is moderate to strong for 10 to 24% of the women operated. The pain may appear immediately after surgery or occur after a free interval of a few weeks to several...
Swiss and German researchers have unveiled a promising vaccine against glioblastoma, which adapts to the brain tumors specific to each patient.
Glioblastoma is a very aggressive form of brain cancer that frequently affects young adults and children. It is a cancer that remains difficult to treat, unlike other cancers for which recent advances in immuno-therapy have considerably increased life expectancy.
But the results of a trial conducted by researchers at the Universities of Geneva (Switzerland) and Heidelberg (Germany) could well change the outcome. European researchers have indeed unveiled a "therapeutic vaccine" against glioblastoma, which can be adapted on a case-by-case basis, depending on the specific characteristics of the brain tumor of each patient.
Each tumor has its "bar-c...
Mammograms could also detect cardiovascular disease. The presence of micro-calcification in the breasts would indicate their presence in the arteries as well.
A new study presented at the American College of Cardiology annual conference in Chicago (USA) suggests that mammography could also be used to detect cardiovascular disease in women. According to Dr. Harvey Hecht, head of the Cardiovascular Imaging department at the New York Mount Sinai Hospital, the detection of micro-calcification in the chest could indicate the presence of other small calcium deposits in the arteries, increasing the Cardiac risk.
For their study, published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging, the researchers recruited 292 women who had performed a mammogram and a CT of the arteries in the past 12 months. Of...
Breast cancer is the most common malignant tumor in women. In 95% of cases, it is a adenocarcinoma. Some risk factors for breast cancer are known. Detected early, breast cancer cures in 9 out of 10 cases.
What about Breast cancer in MEN?
Mammary glands exist in men but are poorly developed. Breast cancer in men is very rare and accounts for less than 1% of all breast cancers. This is in most cases an infiltrating canal carcinoma.
Some factors may increase the possibility of a man being diagnosed with breast cancer:
Age: The risk of developing breast cancer for a man increases with age;
The existence of breast cancer cases in a close relative, both male and female;
Genetic predisposition: About 15% of men breast cancers are linked to a mutation inherited from the BRCA2 gene;
If you want to quit smoking, start by making a balance sheet of your consumption and your relationship to tobacco. Also take into account your lifestyle (diet, physical activity). This step will allow you to learn more about your motivations.
Take a look at your tobacco use.
To get a clear picture of your tobacco use, ask yourself the following questions:
-What type of tobacco: smoked, prized...?
-Do you also consume other addictive substances: alcohol, cannabis, other drugs, drugs, etc.?
Also ask yourself what tobacco consumption means to you.
What about your lifestyle? Because it is important to be careful to take into account the other aspects of your lifestyle. I.e:
Do you have a balanced diet? This makes it possible not to gain weight when quitting tobac...
Even at a small dose, alcohol quickly affects reflexes, vigilance and the ability to judge. This phenomenon promotes the occurrence of road accidents, violent or at-risk behaviors.
What is the IMPACT of alcohol on the body?
Alcohol is a psychoactive product, which has a direct effect on the brain. It can lead to various events, depending on the amount ingested.
At low doses, alcohol provides a sensation of relaxation and euphoria, or even excitement. It has a inhabiting effect (liberation of speech, letting go, feeling of ease in carrying out tasks...) and helps to overcome a possible shyness. However, errors in the execution of tasks are more numerous.
At the highest dose, alcohol causes drunkenness, which translates, for example, to:
-Poor coordination of movements
Thyroid cancer: What is it?
Thyroid cancer is a rather rare cancer. It is recorded in France 4000 new cases per year (for 40 000 breast cancers). It concerns women at 75%. Its incidence is increasing in all countries.
In Canada, in 2010, thyroid cancer was diagnosed in approximately 1 000 males and 4 100 females. This cancer is ranked 5th in female cancers (4.9% of cases), but represents only 0.3% of female cancer mortality. The diagnosis usually occurs in people aged 25 years to 65 years.
This cancer is often detected at an early stage. The treatment is then very effective with a cure in 90% of cases. Improved screening techniques could also explain that diagnosis is more common. In fact, we can now detect small, previously invisible tumors.
Thyroid cancer is favored by...
Esophageal cancer touches the muscular tube (2 cm to 3 cm in diameter and 25 cm to 30 cm in length) connecting the larynx (throat) to the stomach. Once swallowed, the food enters the esophagus and descends to the stomach, driven by gravity and pushed by the contraction of the muscles of its wall. The entrance and exit of the esophagus are closed by muscular rings that open and close to manage the passage of the food. It's the esophageal sphincters. If the sphincter located at the entrance to the stomach does not work well, gastro-esophageal reflux may occur. As the liquid in the esophagus is acidic, it irritates its wall. This chronic irritation of the esophagus is a very well known factor in case of the esophagus, although there are other risk factors.
Esophageal cancer is a malignant tu...
Professor Jean-Pierre Lotz, head of the medical Oncology department at the Post Hospital in Paris, gives some tips on how to live his cancer on a daily basis. The entire interview is featured in the Health Bubble podcast below.
■ Do not hide anything from the surroundings or as little as possible, because if the situation does not evolve as desired, the lie reinforces the concern. Have a clear, honest, reasonable speech.
■ A patient must tell the surrounding person the truth about the disease. As far as the employer is concerned, it is better to act cautiously. It all depends on the workplace, the professional environment and the employee-patient's confidence in the boss. It must be certain that everything that is said to the employer will not be broadcast, because only the patient can d...
We will not reassess the number of cancers that are steadily increasing in France, which is almost at the same level as in the United States.
In any case, if the causes detected are the overdosages of pesticides, the industrialized diet, the inactivity or the intense stress of modern life, the therapeutic means are just as heavy to cope with it.
As a result, you are more and more likely to use plants against cancer or natural remedies to limit the aggression of chemotherapy. And of course, there are solutions that have been proven in a large number of cases and with many scientific studies to support around the world. However, the most important is the quality of the natural substances used, their bioavailability and our assimilation capacity. And then there is also the type of cancer and...