TYPES OF CANCER
Cancer is a terrible disease. This year alone, over half a million Americans will die from it. One out of every three persons will develop cancer in their lifetime. Through- out the industrialized world, the figures are just as bleak.
Cancer is characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. If the spread is not controlled, it can result in death.
Every cell in the body is able to become can- cerous; and, everyday, many cells in your body become cancerous. But, normally, your immune system, at work in a body strengthened by good nutrition and good living habits, overcomes those malignant cells and eliminates them.
Although there are over a hundred dif- ferent types of cance , all of them generally fall under just five categories:
5 - Myelomas. These are also rare tumors, and begin in the plasma cells in the bone mar- row.
SIGNS OF CYSTS AND POLYPS
Here are several generalized signs of cysts and polyps. These, of course, are not definitive.
In the nose—Chronic difficulty in breathing through the nose.
In the colon—Bleeding or a mucous drain- age from the rectum are common symptoms.
In the bladder—Blood in the urine. In the cervix—A heavy watery, bloody, dis- charge from the vagina; bleeding may occur af- ter intercourse, between periods, and after meno- pause.
SIGNS OF SKIN CANCER
1 - Carcinomas. These are the most com- mon types of cancer. These are tumors which originate in body tissues and cover a surface or line internal organs. Such malignancies include skin, breast, lung, and intestinal cancers.
2 - Lymphomas. These are cancers of the lymph system, which consists of a series of glands which filter out impurities from the body. Lymph glands are found in the neck, armpits, spleen, and groin. In the United States, the most common forms are Hodgkin’s disease and non- Hodgkin’s lymphomas. In central Africa, Burkitt’s lymphoma (which is rare in the U.S.) is common.
3 - Leukemias. These are cancers which originate in the bone marrow, spleen, and lymph nodes. They are not solid tumors, but produce an excess of white blood cells.
Skin cancers are far more common. Ev- eryone should be aware of the signs:
Look for a tumor or lump under the skin, resembling a wart or an ulceration that never heals; moles that change color or size; flat sores; and lesions that look like moles.
Here are the five official warning signs of skin cancer:
1. An open sore that bleeds, crusts over, and will not heal properly.
2. A reddish, irritated spot that is usually on the chest, shoulder, arm, or leg. It may itch, hurt, or cause no discomfort at all.
3. A smooth growth with an elevated border and a center indentation. As it becomes bigger, tiny blood vessels develop on the surface.
4 - Sarcomas. These originate in connective tissue and muscles; they attack bones, muscles, cartilage, or the lymph system. They are the rar- est of the malignant tumors and also the most deadly.
4. A shiny scar-like area that may be white, yellow, or waxy with a shiny, taut appearance.
5. An enlarging, irregular, “angry” appearing lesion on the face, lips, or ears.
Here is a description of one of the more com-