September 1, 2015 Editor

Being diagnosed with colon cancer, as with any cancer, is scary. It also might be a little embarrassing, since it involves a part of the body that’s distinctly hidden from view. But cancer of the colon is the fourth most common type of cancer.  The disease often begins as a benign (noncancerous), abnormal growth or tumor in the lining of the colon. These growths, which are called intestinal polyps, colorectal polyps, or adenomas, can become precancerous and then cancerous. Common signs and symptoms of colon cancer include blood in the stool, changes in bowel habits, and anemia (low red blood…

September 1, 2015 Editor

The prostate gland is about the size of a walnut. It sits just below the bladder and surrounds the tube through which urine flows (urethra). Its function is to produce part of the fluid that the sperm is carried in (ejaculate). As with other parts of the body the prostate can be affected by cancer. In the early stages of prostate cancer there are normally no symptoms, so men who are not being screened for prostate cancer won’t know that they have it. This is why screening is so important. What Screening Tests should be done to screen for prostate…

September 1, 2015 Editor

When an adult gets cancer, it’s likely to start in the lungs, breast, colon, prostate or skin. When a kid gets cancer, it may be in the white blood cells or the nervous system, in the brain or bones, in the lymphatic system, muscles or kidneys. There are many different types childhood cancers. Below are the most common types of cancer in children. Lymphomas Tumours that start in the lymph glands are called lymphomas and these accounts for 11% of all childhood cancers. The body’s lymphatic system is made up of a collection of lymph nodes, each the size of…

July 1, 2015 Editor

We often hear about breast and skin cancer, but what about the types, which aren’t as well known. Take thyroid cancer for example. It is very rare, but rates may be increasing. Experts believe this is because technologies are helping them to find small tumours more quickly. Here’s what you need to know about thyroid cancer, which usually does not come with clear-cut causes and tell-tale symptoms. What is it all about? You may not spend a lot of time thinking about your thyroid, but this butterfly-shaped gland sits low on the front of the neck. The thyroid lies below…

July 1, 2015 Editor

Cervical cancer develops in the cervix – the low, narrow mouth of the uterus (womb) that opens into the vagina. The Cervix protects your uterus. Cervical cancer is caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV), which is transmitted primarily through sexual activity. Fast Facts Up to 80% of sexually active women will acquire an HPV infection at some point in their lives. Of these infections up to 38.6% will be from Oncogenic HPV types (cancer causing). Persistent infection with oncogenic HPV types may lead to cervical cancer. Globally 70% of all cervical cancer is caused by HPV 18 and…