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Monday, November 4, 2013

Cancer 101

Currently AXA AFFIN Life has joined hands with the National Cancer Society Malaysia Cancer Treatment Center by supporting cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment. You can check AXA AFFIN “110 CancerCare” at link below

For every Cancer Care policy sold, AXA supports cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment by funding chemotherapy daycare usage for patients at the Cancer Treatment Centre of the National Cancer Society Malaysia. The contribution from AXA AFFIN Life could potentially help provide daycare usage to as many as 10, 000 patients or more.

On top of that I understand that AXA AFFIN will fund the chemotherapy daycare usage to one cancer patients for every blogger that links back to AXA AFFIN 110CancerCare website in their effort to care for cancer patients

October is breast cancer awareness month

I believe most of women aware breast and cervical cancer, but it has more than this 2 types of cancer...

Lets read below

What is cancer?
Cancer is a disease of the cells. These cells work to replace worn out cells, heal damaged cells and help in growth. Cells are regenerated by certain genes. When these genes grow or multiply abnormally and grow into a lump (tumour), it becomes cancer.

There are two classifications for cancer:
1. Benign: generally not cancerous and do not spread to other parts of the body. However, some could be precancerous and may progress to cancer if untreated.
2. Malignant: cancerous and if not treated early, may spread and affect other parts of the body, becoming invasive cancer.

What causes cancer?

  • There are no definite answers on what causes most cancers. Lifestyle habits and recreation or substances in our environment affecting the body are commonly identified as highly possible risk factors.  Other identified high risk factors for cancer include smoking, diet, chemicals and asbestos. Cancer is not contagious; you will not catch it by coming into contact with someone who has it.

Family history
It is likely to have someone in the family who has (or had) cancer. If someone in your family has/had cancer, it could mean:
Cancer has developed by chance in your family (most common)
You may have an increased risk of getting cancer
May have an inherited faulty gene causing an increased chance of cancer. This only involves up to 5% of certain cancers.

Cancer type
There are more than 200 different types of cancer. Cancer can develop in any body organ. There are over 60 different organs in the body where a cancer can develop. Some of it

  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer (or bowel cancer)
  • Lung cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal cancer

Prevention and early detection
A healthy lifestyle can help prevent up to 2/3 of all cancers. Making slight changes to daily habits will reduce the risk of developing cancer.
Do not smoke. If you smoke, quitting will significantly reduce your risk for many cancers.
Be active every day or try to exercise three times a week, 30 minutes each time.
Keep to a healthy weight.
Eat plenty of vegetables, fruit and dietary fibre (oats, brown rice, cereal etc).
Eat food low in fat, sugar and salt.
Keep your alcohol intake low. (Alhamdulillah sbg Islam haram minum arak….)
Drink at least 8 glasses of plain water every day.

Early detection
Certain cancers can be detected early and there is an 80% chance of surviving a cancer that was found early. There are 8 warning signs of cancer to look out for:
Any change in bowel or bladder habit.
Unusual bleeding or discharge from any part of the body e.g. vaginal bleeding between menstruations or after menopause.
An unexplained lump that does not go away e.g. lump in the breast or in the neck.
A sore that does not heal.
Changes to a skin spot, wart or mole.
Hoarseness of voice or nagging cough lasting more than two weeks.
Unusual nose bleed, deafness or ringing sound in the ears.
Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing.

Screening is tests done on healthy individuals to find the cancer at an early stage. The screening guidelines recommended by National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) are for the early detection of cancer for people without any symptoms. Some people are at higher risks for certain cancers and may need to have the tests more frequently. Talk with your health care professional to find out how these guidelines relate to you.

For the rest, you can always google it...


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