Even though I have no special degrees or certificates in dealing with cancer, being in the nursing profession for over 40-years gave me experience taking care of cancer patients. I did my share of duty on the cancer unit of our local hospital; working with patients with all kinds of cancers and going through all the emotional stages of cancer gave me a great insight to this horrible disease process.
I have worked in the long care field of nursing for over 30-years. Families with loved ones in the final stages of cancer often times admitted their loved one to long-term care when they could not devote 24-hours per day for their loved ones care.
I took care of all ages of patients and families dealing with cancer. The youngest child I cared for was two-years of age, while I was a pediatric nurse for six years at our local hospital. I was with the child during testing and with the doctor and family when they found this lovely child had leukemia.
In my opinion, what I saw was that the younger child from about five-years of age dealt with cancer better then the adult patient. These children in many instances are the ones who support the family and medical staff. The attitude that child possess left a lasting impression on me as a human being.
The ‘C’ word is one of the most frightening words in the English language. No one wants to hear his or her doctor say he or she has a diagnosis of cancer.
With all intents and purposes from what reviews about cancer research is finding, is that the healthier he or she keeps themselves the less likely he or she is going to have a cancer problem.
Granted, our genes play a part in a cancer diagnosis, however so do lifestyles. Obesity, smoking, a constant venue of fast foods daily, no wellness checks at least yearly, and stressors in life are among a few of the things that contribute to cancer.
As he or she can see, the person, who makes wrong choices and decisions about their life, sometimes creates a cancer diagnosis.
Leading a Healthy Lifestyle Can Decrease Cancer Risks
Many times he or she can do all the right things and have a healthy lifestyle but still develop cancer. Researchers find that the person with a healthy lifestyle becomes a lower risk for developing cancer. The following are a few things that pertain to a healthy lifestyle.
- · Staying away from tobacco products of any form of tobacco, including second-hand smoke
- · Avoiding street drugs in any form
- · Eating well balanced meals every day
- · Maintaining a normal adult body weight in comparison to body structure, age, and bone structure
- · Avoiding extended times in the sun
- · Scheduling a yearly wellness checkup
- · Using cancer screening tools to be aware of signs and symptoms of early possible cancer detection
- · Participating in a sensible exercise plan
- · Keeping updated on the latest cancer risks
- · Speaking with the primary physician in regards to antioxidant therapy and vitamin therapy
- · Being informed about family health history
Unusual Signs and Symptoms Do Not Always Mean Cancer
When unusual signs and symptoms start to develop, within the body the first thing that many of us think there is cancer involved somewhere. Signals of something wrong within the body come in the form of signs and symptoms.
Signs and symptoms can come from many different sources, not just cancer, which most of us jump to the conclusion. Injuries, illnesses, and disease processes unrelated to cancer, can present any number of unusual and out of the ordinary signs and symptoms, including the typical signs and symptoms of cancer.
The Difference between Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms differ in the fact that signs are visual signals presented to the patient and health care provider. Some examples of signs may be as follows:
- · Signs of unusual bleeding
- · Signs of chronic cough non-associated with anything that the patient can think of
- · Signs of low or high grade fevers as evidenced by a thermometer reading
Symptoms are what the patient’s body is showing. Examples of symptoms are as follows.
- · Symptoms of chest congestion
- · Symptoms of weakness and fatigue
- · Symptoms of body aches
- · Symptoms of shortness of breath
- · Symptoms of specific body pain
- · Symptoms of rash
Cancer displays its own signs and symptoms according to the American Cancer Society. These cancer signs and symptoms vary greatly depending upon where cancer is affecting the body. It all depends upon how large the tumor is and if the tumor affects other organs. Some cancers do not display any signs or symptoms until it becomes large enough to affect surrounding organs.
The Confusion of Signs and Symptoms of Cancer
Typical signs and symptoms of possible cancer are,
- · Excessive fatigue
- · Tiredness
- · Persistent low-grade fever
- · At least ten pounds of unexplained weight loss and poor immunity
When he or she thinks of these cancer symptoms, numerous other health issues can cause these symptoms. These kinds of signs can cause the person to neglect to seek their doctor’s consult, because of fear. In other words, “If I just forget about these signs and symptoms they will go away”.
Given these symptoms, the person should speak to their primary doctor about a wellness check, blood tests, and other specific tests by their doctor. When many types of cancer caught and treated early offers an improved outcome.
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