“CANCER CAN BE CURED”
Cancer is not a single entity, but collection of a multitude of disease processes, unique in their sites of origin, rates of growth, patterns of spread and their final outcomes. Abnormal and uncontrolled growth is the only thing they all have in common.
Cancer often begins in a single cell that gets transformed in a step-wise manner, by various environmental and genetic influences. Smoking, pan chewing, consumption of alcohol, unhealthy dietary practices, obesity and lack of exercise have all been implicated in this sequential transformation of our normal cells into cancer cells. Contrary to popular misconceptions, heredity has a relatively minor role to play in these developments. Cancer is never contagious too.
Cancer is eminently curable, if detected early enough and adequately treated in time. But we have to go a long way to achieve this dream, as statistics say that nearly two thirds of all cancers in India are detected in advanced and often incurable stages.