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Cancer & lymphoma

Cancer & lymphoma
April 8, 2019

What is bowel cancer?

Cancer is when abnormal cells in your body begin to divide and grow uncontrollably. These cells can grow into your organs and tissues, spreading to different areas in your body.
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Cancer & lymphoma
October 31, 2017

Fighting cancer with Polio!

Every year, 12 million people worldwide will hear the words “you have cancer”. There are few illnesses as terrifying as cancer. With one in four South Africans being affected in their lifetime, it is almost impossible to remain untouched by the disease. Why haven’t we found a cure for cancer? Cancer starts when cells start to grow abnormally, get out of control and begin to crowd out normal cells. These abnormal cells also start to invade other tissues. Together, this makes it hard for the body to work the way it should. “Cancer” is not just one disease, it’s a…
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Cancer & lymphoma
October 27, 2017

The main causes of colon cancer

Cancer truly is “the great equalizer” and it affects people of all ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds. Cancer colon is no exception, and because it doesn’t usually have symptoms until it’s at a late stage it’s considered to be one of the most dangerous cancers a person can get. Colon cancer develops over a long period of time, and it can’t be detected unless a person goes for regular colonoscopies. So, if you have a family history of this type of cancer, or your lifestyle contributes to the development of it, then it’s very important that you speak to your…
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Cancer & lymphoma
July 12, 2017

Common cancers, and how to prevent them

The word “cancer” can strike immediate fear into anyone’s heart. This disease, responsible for millions of deaths is frightening and deserves its big bad reputation. A new report by the Macmillan Cancer Support Organization in the UK reveals that it’s now more common for a person to be diagnosed with cancer than to get married, have a first child or earn a university degree. Sounds dire, but the purpose of the study by the charity Life with Cancer, was to demystify and diminish the fear around cancer. Lynda Thomas, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "Being told you have…
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Cancer & lymphoma
June 7, 2017

Pancreatic cancer: what you need to know

You’ve heard of breast, lung and prostate cancer. But pancreatic cancer? What is it and can you prevent it from happening to you? First things first: what is the pancreas? The pancreas is a glandular organ behind your stomach and in front of your spine. Shaped a bit like a flat pear, it's unique since it produces both enzymes AND hormones. The enzymes it produces help with digestion, and the hormones (like insulin) help control sugar levels in the blood. Fair to say, for an odd-looking organ, it has quite an important role to play! Pancreatic cancer Pancreatic cancer happens…
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Cancer & lymphoma
August 7, 2016

Killer cancers in men

We all know that some cancers only affect men, and others, only women, like prostate and cervical cancer. But there are cancers that affect everyone, but still hit more men than women! Prime examples are: (more…)
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Cancer & lymphoma
July 28, 2016

How to really help a friend or family member through cancer

“Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help”. When a person is going through something particularly difficult in life, well-meaning friends and family can make this comment glibly, almost as a reflex. But it’s a completely different thing to offer specific help, commit to your promise and follow through! That’s what a cancer patient truly needs. (more…)
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Cancer & lymphoma
July 25, 2016

You already have cancer(cells)

Did you know that there are cancer cells in your body right now? Don’t panic, though! Everyone has them. You see, your cells normally grow and renew every second of the day. (more…)
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