ribbonCancer is a collection of various, similar diseases. The definition of cancer is basically the abnormal formation of mutated cells in excess. These cells clump together to form tumors in the human body. In a typical everyday person, cells usually die when they become unhealthy. They are then replaced by newer, healthier cells. A body that is inflicted with cancer however does not undergo this cycle; instead the mutated cells continue to reproduce.

So what are the different types of cancers? Leukemia, Lymphoma, Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Aids, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, Skin Cancer and Acute Myelogenous Leukemia are only a few examples of cancerous diseases. Each of these cancers affect different parts of your body. The main areas of infliction are organ tissues, blood, and/or an arbitrary bone marrow.

Leukemia is a cancer that begins in a bone marrow and spreads into a person’s bloodstream. This cancer usually affects white blood cell production by blocking healthy blood cells and platelets with mutated cells. Symptoms of Leukemia are weight gain or loss, fevers, swollen glands, and vomiting. Leukemia is most common in kids and teenagers, and most people with this cancer have around a sixty to eighty five percent chance of living for at least five years after their diagnosis.

Kids who get cancer have done nothing to self inflict themselves; they have absolutely no control over the reasons for why their body has become ill. These children are placed in hospitals where a variety of treatments, such as Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy, are given to them. They will miss out on school for usually a minimum of a year and will not get the everyday luxuries of the outside world as we do. However the recovery process is made to be as friendly and painless as possible, and visitors can come and see the patient regularly depending on his or her condition.

There is still uncertainty as to why some get cancer and why others don’t. Leukemia for example is of those unexplainable occurrences. We have, however, become more educated on such diseases and how to treat them. Chemotherapy allows us to treat cancer with the use of pills and we can even use bone marrow transplants to help those with blood related cancers. Radiation Therapy usually isn’t a first option, but the use of radiation to treat cancer can be effective as well.

Cancer takes thousands of lives each year, and effects those old and young. Cancer doesn’t just affect one individual, it affects everyone involved. For now, cancer is a mystery we are learning to adapt and cope with, but this will not be forever. With more research many are confident that we can make all cancer patients cancer survivors.

Article Written By: TJ Seiwert – (Paul’s Brother)