With over 1.7 million new cases of cancer each year, it’s safe to assume that you or someone you love’s been touched by this relentless and aggressive disease. While there may not be an official “cure for cancer,” the constant work of scientists and doctors has resulted in a number of treatments that can dramatically increase a patient’s likelihood of successfully beating cancer.
Finding out you or someone you love’s been diagnosed with cancer can be an emotionally, physically, and spiritually trying time. This is why it’s vital to look into any and all options you have—to arm yourself in the battle against cancer.
Will We Ever Have a Cure for Cancer?
With cancer awareness taking center stage for decades, many patients and loved ones are left wondering why we’ve yet to find a cure for cancer. The fact is cancer’s really a generalization, an umbrella term with millions of variations and countless types.
This doesn’t mean it’s not worth working to increase awareness and raise money for the cause to ensure researches have the tools they need to get closer to finding the cure. Millions of volunteers, researchers, and physicians are working every day to get us there.
There are thousands of factors that attribute to cancer, which is why no singular cause can be identified. Without a single cause, it becomes even more difficult to find a specific cure.
Cancer can be caused by a wide range of factors, including:
- UV rays
- Smoking or tobacco usage
- Environmental toxins like asbestos
- Plastic chemicals
- Specific metals
- Bacterias and viruses like EBV and HPV
- And more
If it seems like every day, you’re hearing about something new that causes cancer, you’re probably right. Our environment’s never been this overwhelmed by toxins and chemicals, and our bodies are paying the price.
The good news is, the more we know about the various cancer-causing elements around us the easier it is to reduce our exposure and lessen the chances of developing cancer in the first place.
When it comes to traditional cancer treatments, radiation and chemotherapy are among the most commonly known and utilized methods. In some less aggressive cases, the cancer can safely be removed through surgery.
A follow-up scan will be analyzed after the surgery, and the patient will be told if any remaining cancer is present, and if radiation and chemotherapy are suggested as a follow-up treatment.
There are additional treatment options such as immunotherapy, targeted therapy, and hormone therapy that could be used to slow or halt the progression of cancer to give the patient more time to fight it.
Stem cell transplants may also be used in unison with chemotherapy or radiation therapy to help restore specific cells in the body that can fight cancer.
While much of the evidence supporting alternative medicines is anecdotal, many choose to take a more natural approach to cancer treatment.
Health advocates like Charlotte Gerson and Kris Carr (Crazy, Sexy, Cancer) both credit winning their battles with cancer to consuming a raw food diet and juicing.
It’s also been argued that consuming large doses of vitamin C can help treat cancer. Eastern medicine like acupuncture and cupping also has its own following that claims the practices can dramatically reduce cancer cells.
Finally, while not a cure, the use of cannabis is currently being prescribed in over half the country as a way to treat cancer symptoms, often in unison with radiation and chemotherapy. The overwhelming scientific evidence makes it worth taking the time to learn about cannabis oil and its many benefits.
Considering that there are hundreds of types of cancer, and numerous causes, there’s no single way to prevent it. However, there are specific lifestyle changes that can be made to reduce the chance of cancer occurring.
If you’ve had cancer affect your family, then genetically, you have a higher likelihood of developing cancer at some point. For this reason, it’s important to get screened for various cancers early and consistently.
The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the higher the likelihood of being able to beat it. So make your cancer screenings the one appointment you never reschedule.
You can also avoid known cancer causes such as tobacco and alcohol. Since many start with severe inflammation in the body, practicing a clean diet and minimizing your stress levels are all valuable ways to reduce your chance of cancer.
Pay attention to the type of chemicals that are being used in your home (like in cleaning products, cosmetics, deodorants, and toothpaste) and switch to organic whenever possible.
Staying aware of potential cancer causes is also a way to avoid accidentally exposing yourself or those you love. It also helps to be a strong advocate for cancer awareness.
Organizing events and fundraisers can help medical teams access the research we need, especially for the lesser-known and underfunded cancer variations.
Power in Knowledge
While we still may be waiting on the cure for cancer, it doesn’t mean we can’t empower ourselves and those we love with information.
By being aware of the current developments in the world of cancer, we can be prepared for whatever comes our way. Remember: each cancer case is unique, which means there’s no “one size fits all” treatment.
Take the time to do your research and speak with your doctor to narrow down the best treatment option for you or your loved ones.
You can start by checking out the various health articles on our blog to help you live a long and healthy life.