Jamaican Health : Types of cancer

Types of cancer

Cancer is formed in your cells. The formation and removal of the cells in your body, does not often go as nature intended. In this case two types of tumors develop; a benign and a malignant kind. The latter type is harmful and can spread to other areas of the body. When this happens it is known as metastasis. This is not a desirable outcome as it is harder to treat and contain as the blood will take the cells all over the body. Treatment can range from chemotherapy or radiation to surgery.

There are quite a few risks and causes of cancer. These include practicing unsafe sex, being overly exposed to the sun’s rays, environmental factors like asbestos, your genealogical makeup and tobacco. Smoking is one of the major causes of cancer. It takes a huge share of the cancer deaths upwards of a third of the pie. Over 80% of the people with lung cancer have it because they smoked.

The types of cancer are determined from the point of origin in the body. It is very rare for teenagers and children to develop cancer; but they do. There are certain types of cancer that occur in men and in women.

For example, only men will get prostate cancer; while women will get breast cancer. Ovarian and cervical cancers are also limited to women only.

Other forms of cancer include:

  • the deadly melanoma, a skin cancer;
  • thyroid cancer
  • lung cancer
  • bladder cancer
  • colon cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • endometrial cancers.

Blood cancer can cause you to have Lymphoma, Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia, Leukemia and Multiple Myeloma.

Treatment for these types of cancer is usually very extensive and expensive.

Cancer can develop through many stages. As with any disease, it is best to be diagnosed in the early stages as this will improve the chances of a 100 percent cure or further life expectancy.


About the writer:
Poetess Denise N. Fyffe has worked as in Software Implementation for more than ten years and enjoys volunteering as a Counselor. She has transitioned into being a Jamaican blogger, ghostwriter, web content writer, internet writer, and researcher.


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