Cancer is not a single disease with a single cause and a single type of treatment. There are more than 200 different types of cancer, each with its own name and treatment. Although cells in different parts of the body may look and work differently, most repair and reproduce themselves in the same way. Normally, cells divide in an orderly and controlled way. But if for some reason the process gets out of control, the cells carry on dividing and develop into a lump called a tumour. Tumours are either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Doctors can tell if a tumour is benign or malignant by removing a piece of tissue (biopsy) and examining a small sample of cells under a microscope. In a benign tumour the cells do not spread to other parts of the body and so are not cancerous. However, they may carry on growing at the original site, and may cause a problem by pressing on surrounding organs. In a malignant tumour the cancer cells have the ability to spread beyond the original area of the body. If the tumour is left untreated, it may spread into surrounding tissue. Sometimes cells break away from the original (primary) cancer. They may spread to other organs in the body through the bloodstream or lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system – the body’s natural defence against infection and disease. It’s made up of organs such as bone marrow, the thymus, the spleen, and lymph nodes. The lymph nodes throughout the body are connected by a network of tiny lymphatic tubes (ducts). The lymphatic system has two main roles: it helps to protect the body from infection and it drains fluid from the tissues. When the cancer cells reach a new area they may go on dividing and form a new tumour. This is known as a secondary cancer or a metastasis. Uterine and cervical cancer are different in a number of ways, including their causes. Another difference between uterine and cervical cancer is their location within the female body. Uterine cancer is sometimes referred to as endometrial cancer, or cancer of the tissue lining the inside of the uterus, because it usually starts in the endometrium. Cervical cancer also starts in the uterus, but in the thin, flat cells on the surface of the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus. Uterine cancer is about three times more common than cervical cancer, and it is more likely to be diagnosed early. Cancers of the uterus (womb) usually begin in the cells that make up the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium). Cancers of the uterus are often called endometrial cancer because this term helps to distinguish them from other cancers that can affect the female reproductive system, such as cervical cancer or ovarian cancer. The uterus and the endometrium: The uterus, commonly known as the womb, is the part of the female reproductive system where the baby is carried during pregnancy. The uterus is lined by a layer of cells called the endometrium. The cells that make up the endometrium are regularly discarded during a woman’s monthly period, then replaced by new cells. Types of endometrial cancer: There are two main types of endometrial cancer:
- Type 1 endometrial cancer is a slow-growing cancer, thought to be linked to the female hormone oestrogen.
- Type 2 endometrial cancer is a more aggressive, faster-growing form of cancer that does not appear to have any connection to oestrogen.
Type 1 endometrial cancer is the most common type, accounting for an estimated 80% of cases. Type 2 accounts for around 10% of cases. As well as types 1 and 2 endometrial cancers there are several rarer types of cancers of the uterus. Endometrial cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer of the female reproductive system. It is the fourth most common cancer that affects women, after breast cancer, lung cancer and cancer of the colon and rectum. In 2007 in the UK, 7,536 new cases of endometrial cancer were diagnosed. Endometrial cancer is more common in women who have been through the menopause, and most cases of endometrial cancer (93%) were diagnosed in women aged over 50. (Source: GLOBOCAN 2008 http://globocan.iarc.fr) Endometrial cancer is the sixth most common cancer in women worldwide. Around 288,000 cases of endometrial cancer were recorded in 2008. It is the 13th most common cause of death from cancer with nearly 74,000 deaths in 2008. Highest age standardised rates of endometrial cancer were found in North America and, Central and Eastern Europe.
Unusual vaginal bleeding: The main symptom of endometrial cancer is unusual bleeding from the vagina. Bleeding may start as light bleeding accompanied by a watery discharge, which may get heavier over time. Most women who are diagnosed with endometrial cancer have been through the menopause, and any vaginal bleeding will be unusual. In women who haven’t been through the menopause, unusual vaginal bleeding may consist of:
- periods that are heavier than usual
- vaginal bleeding in between normal periods
Symptoms of advanced endometrial cancer: If endometrial cancer reaches a more advanced stage, it may cause additional symptoms. These include:
- pain in the lower abdomen, back, legs or pelvis
- unexplained weight loss
If you have post-menopausal vaginal bleeding, or notice a change in the normal pattern of your period, visit your doctor. Only one in 10 cases of unusual vaginal bleeding after the menopause are caused by endometrial cancer, so it’s unlikely that your symptoms will be caused by this condition. However, if you have unusual vaginal bleeding, it is important to get the cause of your symptoms investigated because it may be the result of a number of other potentially serious health conditions, such as polyps or fibroids (non-cancerous growths that can develop inside the uterus). Also, other types of gynaecological cancer can cause unusual vaginal bleeding, particularly cervical cancer.
It is not known exactly what causes endometrial cancer, but a number of important risk factors have been identified. They are: Age: The risk of developing endometrial cancer increases with age. Most cases of endometrial cancer develop in women who are over the age of 50. Oestrogen: The risk of developing endometrial cancer is linked to the exposure of the body to oestrogen. Oestrogen is one of the hormones that regulates the reproductive system in women.
- Oestrogen stimulates the release of eggs from your ovaries and causes the cells of the womb lining (endometrium) to divide.
- Progesterone gets the lining of your uterus (the endometrium) ready to receive the egg from the ovaries.
The levels of oestrogen and progesterone in your body are usually balanced with each other. If oestrogen isn’t kept in balance by progesterone, the level in the body can increase, this is called unopposed oestrogen. After the menopause, the body stops producing progesterone. However, there are still small amounts of oestrogen being produced. This unopposed oestrogen causes the cells of the endometrium to divide, and this can increase the risk of endometrial cancer. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT): Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have been shown to have an increased risk of uterine cancer. However, if HRT is stopped, after five years the risk goes back down to the same risk as women who have never taken HRT. Being overweight or obese: One way to assess whether your weight is healthy is to calculate your body mass index (BMI). This is your weight in kilograms divided by your height in metres squared. In the UK, people with a BMI of 25 to 30 are overweight, and those with an index above 30 are obese. Being overweight or obese is a major risk factor for endometrial cancer, as this increases the level of oestrogen in your body while also reducing the protective effects of progesterone. Women who are overweight are three times more likely to develop endometrial cancer compared with women who are a healthy weight. Women who are very obese (with a BMI of more than 40) are six times more likely to develop endometrial cancer compared with women who are a healthy weight. Diabetes: Women who have diabetes are twice as likely to develop endometrial cancer as women without the condition. Diabetes causes an increase in the amount of insulin in your body, which in turn can raise your oestrogen level. Reproductive history: Women who have not had children are at a higher risk of endometrial cancer. This may be because the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy have a protective effect on the womb (increased levels of progesterone and decreased levels of oestrogen). It may also be because hormonal changes associated with some forms of infertility (for example polycystic ovary syndrome) are associated with a failure of ovulation, causing a decrease in the level of progesterone and thus an increase in the level of unopposed oestrogen. Tamoxifen: Women who are treated with tamoxifen (a hormone treatment for breast cancer) can be at an increased risk of developing endometrial cancer. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS): Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are at a higher risk of developing endometrial cancer. Women with PCOS have multiple cysts in the ovary, and this can cause symptoms such as irregular or light periods, or no periods at all, problems getting pregnant, weight gain, acne and excessive hair growth (hirsutism). Endometrial hyperplasia: Endometrial hyperplasia is when the lining of the womb becomes thicker. Women with the condition may be at increased risk of developing endometrial cancer.
If you do the Jeff McCombs Candida Protocol you will already be avoiding all of the foods that trigger cancer. However here are the foods to avoid at all costs.
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food or chain restaurants and all processed food.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eat mostly fresh, organic vegetables and fruits.
Avoid all foods that are high in unhealthy saturated and trans-fats, hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated fats and oils, margarine, and shortening. Eliminate refined white flour, which is found in the majority of foods found on a typical grocery store shelf, including bread, bagels, crackers, cakes, cookies, and other baked good, pasta. Also avoid alcohol, caffeine, simple carbohydrates, sugars and sugar products, foods that are overly spicy, and all processed and commercial “junk” food. Stay clear of all inorganic pasteurized milk and dairy products, including yogurt and cheese; best to eat only raw, organic dairy products. Empower yourself, and choose a diet emphasizing organic whole foods, including plenty of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, oats, whole grains, such as brown rice, quinoa and buckwheat. Include a variety of preferably soaked, nuts and seeds, especially pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Minimize your intake of red meat; though be sure to consume adequate amounts of organic, free-range poultry, bison and wild-caught fish. Eat generous quantities of both raw and lightly steamed organic vegetables and large fresh salads daily. Preferably, cook with virgin coconut butter/oil and use extra virgin olive oil, high lignin flax seed oil and hemp seed oil as condiments on veggies and as the base for your daily salad dressing. Throughout the day, drink plenty of pure, filtered water, and avoid drinking—as well as bathing, and showering in—unfiltered tap water, as tap water contains heavy metals and pesticide residues that can settle in high concentrations in the body. The raw food diet is a food plan that can be of great benefit if you suffer from breast cancer. Using the guidelines outlined above as a base camp for a clean and healthy diet, one can then transition into a raw food diet as desired. Raw food generates rapid results because of its ability to thoroughly detoxify and liberate your body’s previously untapped energy. The diet mainly consists of raw fruits, vegetables, and soaked and sprouted nuts and seeds, supplemented with daily consumption of fresh green juices made from a variety of vegetables such as celery, romaine lettuce, spinach, carrot, kale, parsley, and an ever rotating seasonal selection of other organic veggies. Raw foodists enjoy salads, dehydrated flax crackers, seed and nut patés, blended soups, smoothies, and marinated veggies, often mixed with soaked sea vegetables. Since little to no cooked food is consumed, the raw diet has the advantage of instantly eliminating many common allergens. No cooked wheat or wheat by-products are consumed, and generally dairy is omitted, though some might choose to eat moderate quantities of raw goat or sheep milk products, often in the form of a fermented food, such as homemade raw kefir or yogurt. Dr Gabriel Cousins, at the Tree of Life Center, endorses the raw food plan as the ultimate healing diet, and offers 100% raw food meals at his healing retreat in Patagonia, Arizona. An important note when choosing a raw food diet: there is an issue of trade-offs. You might miss cooked foods, though you will not miss cancer. More times than not the raw food diet presents itself as an incredible tool that can be used to quickly transition from a serious health challenge into a healing process, ultimately resulting in greater health and well-being.
- Coral Calcium – Coral calcium website
- Vitamin D has been shown to be a key factor in healing cancer. Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for a period of up to 4 weeks.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Omega 3s:
- Morter Supplements Trace Minerals
- Selenium – an essential trace vitamin which acts as a deterrent against cancer in general.
- Garlic – can help lower the risk of tumours
- Vitamin C – found in citrus fruits, cantaloupe, green peppers – anti-cancer properties
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
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