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Cancer in Elderly People - Essay Example
Health Sciences & Medicine
Pages 6 (1506 words)
Cancer is a deadly disease that has devastated so many lives. It is a disease mostly associated with the older men and women. It is a non-local disease which may be a bump, lump, tumor, or blood dyscrasia that could result from virus invasion or carcinogen in the body (Centurionministry.com)…
When cells continue to multiply which the body do not need, it results to a mass, or growth which is called tumor that could either be malignant or benign. The malignant tumor is the one that is cancerous while the malignant tumor is non-cancerous. (Fayed, 2006).
Several changes occur in the body before a cancer develops Mayoclinic.com enumerates such changes as follows: (1) an initiator to cause a genetic mutation sometimes caused by forces within the body, such as hormones, viruses and chronic inflammation; or forces outside of the body, such as ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens) in the environment; (2) a promoter to cause rapid cell growth which could lead to a tumor. The promoters could be inherited, could come from inside or outside the body; and (3) a progressor to cause cancer to become aggressive and spread.
There are many facts about cancer. Fayed in an article enumerated the facts that: (1) one in three people will develop cancer; (2) one in four people will die of cancer; (3) in 2005, about 1.4 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed; (4) more than 1500 Americans died each day of cancer this year; (5) over 1,000,000 cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year; (6) cancer is the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 85.
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