Spread of Cancer Explained

Statistics suggest that cancer will beat heart disease as the prime cause of death amongst the masses in the years to come. Today, not every individual out there is willing to mend his/her high-risk behavior. This burdens the government with more responsibility, in terms of spreading cancer awareness amongst citizens. To top it all, it’s projected that nearly 80 million individuals do not carry adequate insurance coverage that can cover the cost involved with the treatment of cancer.

Cancer cells attack a victim’s healthy cells and destroys them, thereby giving rise to the growth of abnormal cells in the body. Subsequently, the cancer grows larger than before, and turns into a living nightmare in the form of a tumor. The cancer cells spread to all sections of the affected body part and keeps damaging healthy cells at a very rapid pace. Unfortunately, most sufferers realize about the extent of damage only when it’s too late. Cancer spreads in many different ways in our body, mainly through our bloodstream and lymphatic system.

The battle against cancer starts with a thorough diagnosis process. First and foremost, the medical team determines the nature of the tumor, whether it is malignant or benign. In case of benign, the tumor appears extremely unpleasant, but it does not spread very quickly. Also, the condition can be treated effectively by getting rid of the tumor, without the need of an extensive treatment apart from tumor removal. If the tumor is found to be malignant, one should know that the cancer will spread at a rapid pace within the body.

As such, cancer is segregated into two different types-primary cancer and secondary cancer. Primary cancer refers to the particular body part that is first affected by the cancer. On the other hand, secondary cancer refers to the particular body parts or areas that get affected due to the spread of the cancerous cells. For instance, a cancer that originates from one’s stomach and spread to the liver is referred as stomach cancer because the point of original of the cancer is the stomach and not the liver.

Realistically speaking, the spread of cancer is lethal beyond anything else, because it can create havoc inside the victim’s body. After all, it’s not an uncommon thing to encounter news about cancer patients losing their lives. Interestingly, victims lose their lives from the metastases or the body areas affected by the spread of the ailment. For example, an individual suffering from stomach cancer might lose his life due to liver issues once the cancer cells spread to the liver.

As mentioned earlier, the cancerous cells can spread through our bloodstream or lymphatic system. Human body consists of a wide network of lymph nodes. The cancerous cells find it relatively easy to make use of nodes to spread throughout our body. In this manner, they find new places to stay in our body through our lymphatic system. While performing a surgery, the medical team tries to get rid of the lymph nodes around the cancerous area to make sure that no cancerous cells prevail in the nodes. In this manner, they prevent the spread of cancer.

Unfortunately, all cancer cells have admission to the bloodstream of the affected individual. Affected cells travel easily through the victim’s bloodstream finding new place to form fresh tumors within the body. In some cases, cancer spreads locally as well, thereby destroying all the neighboring healthy cells. The irony lies in the fact that cancer affects most of the vital body organs, thereby affecting major bodily functions. Body organs such as lungs and liver are more prone to get affected by the spread of cancer. As such, the spread of cancer also depends upon the type of cancer.

The worst part is that cancer spreads in a random manner, thereby making it very difficult to treat. One of the recent reports has unleashed the fact one in every eight deaths in the world are a result of some kind of cancer. One would be surprised to know that the chance of an average American to get affected by an invasive cancer is nearly 45%. Those who fall under the risk category should necessarily undergo regular body check up to halt the spread of cancer (if any) as soon as possible. After all, cancer can be best treated in the initial stages.

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