cancer2 – HTV https://htv.com.pk Fri, 05 Jun 2020 07:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Warning Signs of Cervical Cancer Every Woman should Know https://htv.com.pk/health/warning-signs-cervical-cancer-every-woman-know Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:15:22 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=29698

Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells on the cervix– the lower part of the uterus opening into the vagina–grow uncontrollably. Cervical cancer is caused mainly by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which can be transmitted through sexual contact, although not all types of HPV lead to cancer. Smoking, HIV, prolonged use of birth control pills, […]

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Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells on the cervix– the lower part of the uterus opening into the vagina–grow uncontrollably. Cervical cancer is caused mainly by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which can be transmitted through sexual contact, although not all types of HPV lead to cancer. Smoking, HIV, prolonged use of birth control pills, and multiple childbirths all elevate the risk of acquiring this disease.

Cervical cancer is not thought to be hereditary. It is rarely seen in women under twenty. Most incidences occur in middle aged women and it is the leading cause of female cancer related death. It is thus highly recommended for young girls and boys to get vaccinated for HPV at an early age although the vaccine does not offer a cure for all HPV cancer causing strains.

Cervical cancer may not cause any symptoms whatsoever in its earliest stages. Like most cancers, these symptomless early stages correspond to the time when treatment outcomes are rosiest. Regular screening can detect these cells in precancerous or early cancer stages, and is the surest way of detecting the disease early on. Thus, it is highly recommended for healthy women over 30 to get screened regularly by a health care provider. The screening requires a pap smear, which is a simple test that involves a quick extraction of cervical cells, typically with a swab, and their examination under a microscope. The Pap test is one of the most reliable cancer screening methods available.

Cervical cancer kills an estimated one third of women with the disease. This makes it extremely important for all women to be aware of its warning signs, especially as many of these signs are obscure and can be dismissed as benign.

• Bleeding after intercourse, or after a medical exam: This is the most common early symptom of cervical cancer.

• Bleeding between periods or after menopause: Many women mistake this blood streaked vaginal discharge for spotting. Bleeding after menopause in particular often indicates a serious health issue and should be investigated immediately.

• Heavier than normal periods that last longer than usual.

• Unusual vaginal discharge: This includes discharge that may be white, excessively watery, brown, blood streaked, or foul smelling.

Symptoms of more advanced cervical cancer include:

• Pelvic pain: This can be diffuse or sharp and can occur anywhere in the pelvis. This is especially concerning if the pain has no correlation to menstruation.
Pain during intercourse
Fatigue
Weight loss
Difficulty or pain while urinating or defecating
• Changes in bowel movements and in the texture of faeces: These should be checked out if they persist for more than a week.

Experiencing any of these symptoms does not necessitate affliction with cervical cancer. They may be caused by a variety of other reasons, such as an infection. However it is wise to consult a physician if you experience any of these symptoms to rule out a serious illness.

 

Source:

www.healthywomen.org/content/article/9-warning-signs-cervical-cancer-you-shouldnt-ignore.
www.cancer.org/cancer/cervical-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/detection.html.
https://www.prevention.com/health/6-sneaky-signs-of-cervical-cancer/slide/6
https://www.healthline.com/health/cervical-cancer/symptoms#symptoms2

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10 Cancer Causing Foods You should Stop Eating Now! https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/10-cancer-causing-foods-stop-eating-now Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:47:26 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=29673

It’s presumably not something you consider each day, regardless of whether the food that you are eating could contain cancer-causing agents, yet with nearly 1.5 million individuals showed some kind of malignancy a year ago. It’s an ideal opportunity to take a look at what is in your food that could cause an increase in […]

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It’s presumably not something you consider each day, regardless of whether the food that you are eating could contain cancer-causing agents, yet with nearly 1.5 million individuals showed some kind of malignancy a year ago. It’s an ideal opportunity to take a look at what is in your food that could cause an increase in number of new patients with cancer. Following is a list of the top 10 foods that you probably eat each day that may contain cancer-causing agents or be associated with the disease causing agents.

Sodas

Sodas Cancer Causing Foods You should Stop Eating Now

Sodas are literally loaded with sugar and artificial flavors. The color that attract the audience and the artificial flavors that people fall for are cancerous. Apart from just cancer they also cause obesity and GIT diseases.

Processed meats

Processed meats Cancer Causing Foods You should Stop Eating Now

It is understandable that you like processed meet because of the flavors in them, but let’s face it, they are carcinogenic. The processed meet contains tar and many other carcinogenic substances like flavors, so it is not the best option if you want to have some protein.

Popcorns

Popcorns Cancer Causing Foods You should Stop Eating Now

Microwave popcorns is the best thing ever if you are watching a movie with your friends and family, but it’s not the healthiest or the safest food. The paper bag contains chemicals for e.g. preflurooctanoic acid which is cancerous to humans.

Potato Chips

Potato Chips Cancer Causing Foods You should Stop Eating Now

Chips that you find in the stores are full of calories. They contain colors and flavors that are not healthy and may cause cancer. Acrylamide is a carcinogen present in most of the crisps and it is extremely dangerous hence avoid eating packed potato chips.

Hydrogenated Oils

Hydrogenated Oils Cancer Causing Foods You should Stop Eating Now

All the vegetable oils are hydrogenated. Unlike butter, vegetable oil is not extracted naturally. It is an entirely chemical based process. In order to make the oil more appealing and useable, chemicals are added which are carcinogenic and thus hydrogenated oils are cancerous.

Preserved or Smoked Food

Preserved or Smoked Food Cancer Causing Foods You should Stop Eating Now

Preserved and smoked food can be cancerous. Preserved food contains nitrates which are carcinogens whereas smoked food contains tar which is again very carcinogenic. Thus, pickles and all the preserved foods are cancer causing foods.

White Flour

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A lot of people eat white flour. It is cheaper and also easily available. The flour is bleached in chlorine gas which whitens the flour to make it more appealing for the buyer. White flour increases the blood sugar level directly which works as an agent for cancer causing substances because the tumors feed on the sugar.

Candies

Candies Cancer Causing Foods You should Stop Eating Now

Candies do not only cause dental caries but also cancer. It is a processed food and loved by people. It has lots of flavors that are carcinogenic and the sugar content works as an agent for cancer causing substances.

Canned Tomatoes

Canned Tomatoes Cancer Causing Foods You should Stop Eating Now

Fresh tomatoes that come straight from the farms are known to be cancer fighting foods due the amount of anti-oxidants present in them. On the other hand, the canned tomatoes that you find in super stores are cancer causing, because of the preservatives present in them. A lot of people go for the canned tomatoes to save their time and to avoid the mess. This is a very serious problem and people need to realize that fresh tomatoes are healthy while the canned tomatoes contain carcinogens.

Farmed Fish

Farmed Fish Cancer Causing Foods You should Stop Eating Now

Fish is probably the healthiest food out there. However, it is being bred in farms these days where they are fed artificial and unnatural food which can cause cancer. Their diets are contaminated with carcinogens in the chemical form such as pesticides. They are also fed chicken litter which isn’t a good alternative and thus farmed fish is a cancer causing food.

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Best Food Choices to Prevent Colon Cancer https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/best-food-choices-prevent-colon-cancer Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:26:39 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=29351

Colon Cancer (or colorectal cancer) is the cancer of the large intestine, rectum and the colon. This is the last part of the digestive track of our bodies. Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer; however, the good news is that it is easily preventable. Our diet plays a huge role […]

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Colon Cancer (or colorectal cancer) is the cancer of the large intestine, rectum and the colon. This is the last part of the digestive track of our bodies. Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer; however, the good news is that it is easily preventable.

Our diet plays a huge role in the prevention process! It is one of the major factors that can both cause or help prevent colon cancer.

Studies have linked high consumption of red and processed meats and low consumption of fibers to being one of the major causes of colon cancer symptoms.

In order to prevent colon cancer, you must know what food items to add and omit from your diet. Here is a short guide to help you out!

1. Limit Red Meat and Processed Meat

Best Food Choices to Prevent Colon Cancer

First and foremost, you must reduce the amount of red and processed meat you consume. Many studies have shown them to harm the intestine and increase the chances of colon cancer by up to 40%. Especially the fatty cuts. They trigger release of more bile acids into the digestive tracks, which in turn causes damage and promotes tumor growth. If you can’t completely avoid them, limit them to 2 or 3 servings per week (typically 2 ounce per servings).

2. Increase Fiber Intake

Best Food Choices to Prevent Colon Cancer

Fiber contains a short-chain fatty acid that stops the growth of cancer cells. Other than that, fiber is also known to improve the overall health and digestion. Nutritionists suggest eating about 15 grams of fiber each day. While there have been conflicting studies where fiber didn’t have any known benefits on the risk of colon cancer, however it is still beneficial to maintain fiber in your diets. You can get your daily fiber dose from brown rice, nuts, legumes, beans or even wholegrain cereals.

3. Take More Vitamin and Minerals

Best Food Choices to Prevent Colon Cancer

Both calcium and vitamin D can lower the chances of colon cancer by reducing the precancerous polyps. Other than that they also strengthen the bones. You can obtain calcium from sources like milk, cheese and salmon. While you can obtain Vitamin D from sources like sardines, egg yolks and above all, the sun!

Another mineral that reduces the chances of cancer is magnesium. Especially in people who are above 55 and overweight! Hence magnesium from beans, peanuts and spinach should also be added to your diet.

4. What Other Foods to Add To Your Diet

Best Food Choices to Prevent Colon Cancer

Ginger

It has been known to reduce colon inflammation, which is linked to tumor development. You can either consume ginger powder or eat fresh ginger daily.

Green Tea

Tea, especially white and green ones can reduce the risk of colon cancer by half. It helps in blocking polyp growth in the colon.

Black Raspberries

Potent antioxidants that are present in black raspberries have also been known to reduce the risk of cancer in the body.

Leafy Vegetables

Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, spinach and Brussels sprouts are known to reduce the risk of cancer as well. People who consume more vegetables are less likely to develop cancer!

Along with a stable and balanced diet, you need to stay physically active and quit smoking in order to minimize your chances of getting cancer!

Hopefully these tips will give you an insight in terms of what to eat and what not to eat to reduce the chances of contracting colon cancer.

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5 Ways to Show your Support for Breast Cancer Patients https://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/5-ways-show-support-breast-cancer-patients Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:39:48 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=28626

October is the breast cancer awareness month. A lot has been done to increase awareness about the disease globally, but Pakistan is still far behind. Most of us want to spread awareness about the disease that claims the lives of a number of Pakistani citizens. However, we often find ourselves at a loss when it […]

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October is the breast cancer awareness month. A lot has been done to increase awareness about the disease globally, but Pakistan is still far behind. Most of us want to spread awareness about the disease that claims the lives of a number of Pakistani citizens. However, we often find ourselves at a loss when it comes to show support for breast cancer patients. Following are some ways for you to do just that:

1.      Educate Yourself

Educate Yourself

Do you know that every 1 in 9 women in Pakistan is at the risk of developing breast cancer? If not, it is time for you to find more information about it. Spread your knowledge after that. Get yourself checked and find out if you are at a personal risk of developing the disease. Talk to your doctor and sign up for letters from organizations that are working to prevent breast cancer.

2. Donate

Another great way to show your support for those suffering from breast cancer is to make donations to organizations that are working for the cause. There are a few institutions that are doing so in Pakistan. Help them in their cause with monetary contributions. You can also do your own fundraiser events. It will simultaneously generate donations and increase awareness.

3. Fight the Stigma

Support

Most importantly, we need to support the breast cancer patients by fighting off the stigma that is attached to the disease. Mastectomy is still considered a taboo topic. People find it hard to digest that breast cancer is real and often react inappropriately. We need to change that attitude. Moreover, we need to provide emotional support for the ones suffering from it. You can volunteer to work for institutions treating breast cancer patients.

4. Making Screening Accessible

There are various problems with healthcare service in our country. While the private clinics are better in terms of quality, their costs are rather high. On the other hand, the public sector has some serious flaws that need addressing. In a situation like this, we need to ensure that breast cancer testing is made accessible to all, especially for women above 20 years of age. This needs to be done independent of their status and financial situations.

5. Increasing Awareness

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Not only should you have yourself screened for breast cancer, you must also encourage your family and friends to do so. This will show them how much you care for their health. Moreover, early detection could help someone survive the battle against the brutal disease. If you love them, then get them screened for breast cancer.

Bottom Line

This October do not forget your pink ribbon when going out. If people ask about it, you will get the perfect chance to share information. Let them know how important it is to get screened. Tell them the numbers and why is it especially important for Pakistani population to get themselves checked. It is high time we start talking about breast cancer than shying away from it.

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