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Silent Reflux Causes Esophageal Cancer

Do you have gastroesophageal reflux? Perhaps you feel a burning in your throat or a need to clear your throat. There are people who actually throw up because the contents that shoot from the stomach into your esophagus has a strong taste and it burns. Silent reflux causes esophageal cancer and there is no way for you to know if you have it or not without testing.

Acid reflux is an uncomfortable feeling and occurs when eating certain foods such as spaghetti sauce or spicey foods such as Mexican. Count yourself fortune if this description fits you because you will not have to worry about the deadly form of silent reflux.

For patients over 50, a routine test is ordered called a colonoscopy. However if you are under 50 it only means no routine testing will be ordered. It does not mean you are not at risk for developing silent reflux. Children are not immune from this diagnosis although it is rare in their age group.

Once routine testing shows esophageal cancer the treatment is palliative. Palliative treatment means buying the patient time to remain on this earth. There is no cure which makes this more devastating.

Surgery is the first procedure offered. Part of the stomach is fashioned to create a new esophagus. The remainder of the stomach remains high in the chest cavity. Nourishment is feeding through a tube until you are able to swallow. Meals are measured in teaspoons a few times a day. This is the same for a gastric bypass which in essence you have had. Ironically you are dying of silent reflux yet now you can feel the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Chemotherapy is the next form of treatment but not to cure, only to keep the disease from a fast progression. Chemotherapy takes a toll on the patient. For some it is hair loss, for others nausea and vomiting lasting for hours. Eventually it wears a person down with loss of weight and loss of energy. At some point a decision is made by the patient, to continue or to stop which is not an easy decision.

Silent reflux causes esophageal cancer that is deadly with no cure. By the time you are diagnosed there is no treatment to cure you. Routine tests are used to search for this condition but they are offered only when you are over the age group of 50. Perhaps this will change as the public becomes informed of this danger. Colonoscopy is the test that diagnoses this condition and needs to become a routine test to save lives of people who do not have to die.

Sources

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/esophageal
http://www.cancer.org/docroot/cri/content/cri_2_4_1x_what_is_esophagus_cancer_12.asp

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Vegetables that Prevent and Fight Cancer

Recent studies have shown that there are many vegetables that are effective in fighting and preventing many different types of cancer. They should not be used in place of traditional treatment for those who have been diagnosed with cancer, but can be used as part of a cancer-fighting regimen. The benefit of fighting cancer with vegetables is that they are far less likely than traditional treatments such as chemotherapy to cause sickness and harm to other parts of the body.

Cauliflower, Broccoli, and Cabbage

This family of cruciferous vegetables, including but not limited to cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage, releases a chemical called Phenethyl-isothiocyanate when they are chewed. This chemical induces cancerous cells to turn against themselves, which can greatly reduce the size of cancerous tumors.

Hot Peppers

Although it can sometimes be difficult to stomach spicy foods when you are feeling sick, hot peppers have been shown to reduce the size of tumors in pancreatic cancer, a very aggressive and usually fatal form of cancer. The chemical in peppers that makes them spicy, capsaicin, is the element that caused cancer cells to kill themselves, leading to the conclusion that the spicier the pepper, the more effective it is. Maybe the cancer just can’t take the heat!

Ginger

One study found that simple powdered ginger was highly effective in killing cancer cells, not only through the typical method of cancer cells killing themselves, but also through a more unusual form of cancer cell self-cannibalization. This is especially good because cancers that are resistant to chemotherapy can be targeted through ginger.

Carrots

Carrots are one of the earlier vegetables to have been found to fight cancer. Studies have been a bit inconclusive on what exactly in them is effective, but they suggest that carotene (the element that makes them orange) has an effect, as does falcarinol, a natural pesticide found in carrots.

All Other Vegetables

As a cancer prevention tactic, eating a variety of vegetables is sure to increase the healthy functioning of your body by making sure it has all the vitamins and minerals it needs to fight off cancer and any other disease or illness! Generally, raw vegetables (in their crunchy form, or juiced from that crunchy form) are most effective, but if you can’t stand it raw, go ahead and cook them to get at least some benefit!

Sources
Vegetable Compounds Combat Cancer: Scientific American
Eat Carrots to Fight Cancer: News-Medical

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Christina Applegate Has Breast Cancer

Christina Applegate is the newest Hollywood Celebrity to be diagnosed with Breast Cancer. According to her agent, the 36 year-old-actress ( best known for her role of Kelly Bundy on Married with Children) is undergoing medical treatment at this time. Her cancer was caught early, thanks in large part to a doctor recommended MRI and her cancer is not expected to be life threatening. So how can you reduce your risk of Breast Cancer? How can you distinguish between breast cancer facts and fiction?

Top Breast Cancer Myths:

Only women get breast cancer:

Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, according to Breastcancer.org. But women aren’t the only ones getting breast cancer. Every year almost 2000 men are also diagnosed with breast cancer. While the risk of getting breast cancer is markedly increased if you are a woman, men aren’t completely safe. Men should be aware of any suspicious lumps in their breast tissue and notify their physician if they suspect they may have breast cancer.

It doesn’t run in my family!

While having a first degree relative (mother, sister, or daughter) in your family with breast cancer does double your risk of contracting breast cancer, about 70%-80% of all breast cancers were contracted by women with no family history of the disease. This is an unsettling statistic for many of us who have blissfully believed we were safe from breast cancer because no one in our family had it. All of us, regardless of family history and gender, need to take the necessary precautions to reduce our risk of breast cancer.

What Can You Do to Reduce your Risk of Breast Cancer?

If you are considering having children, you might want to start before you are 30. Having multiple children, having your first child before you are 30, and breastfeeding all reduce the risk of breast cancer. Learn how to perform monthly breast exams and notify your doctor of any changes in your breast tissue. Visit your OBGYN yearly to have her perform a breast exam as well and begin having yearly mammograms when you are over the age of 35 if you have a family history of breast cancer.

In addition to performing regular breast exams, you need to live a healthy lifestyle. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. Women who consume more than 1 drink a day have a significant increase in their risk of contracting breast, liver, mouth and esophageal cancers.

Loose the extra weight: Obesity is quickly becoming a national epidemic in this country. Being obese increases your risk of breast cancer, especially after menopause. In addition to increasing breast cancer, being obese is also associated with an increase in heart disease, and various other diseases and cancers.

Exercise regularly: Researchers are finding more and more connections between breast cancer and exercise. As little as 2 hours of brisk walking a week can decrease your risk by up to 18%. For good health, the American Cancer Society still recommends 45-60 minutes of exercise 5 days a week.

There are several risks to breast cancer that have not been proven yet and while studies have not shown a link, more research is being done in these areas.

Link between antiperspirants and breast cancer

Wearing Bras causing breast cancer

High Fat diets causing breast cancer

Smoking causing breast cancer

Breast Implants causing breast cancer

Induced Abortions causing breast cancer

Night Shift Work causing breast cancer

The jury is still out as to whether these are actually risks or merely myths and more research is needed before scientists come to a complete conclusion about them. If you or someone you love suspects they may have breast cancer, do not wait and head to your doctor immediately. Early intervention and detection is the #1 key to beating this disease and becoming a cancer survivor!!