15 Feb

Critical Illness Insurance in the UK

Do you ever worry about how your loved ones would cope if you were severely ill or gone one day? It is an unpleasant thought, but something very crucial to think about. Sure you know there are a number of good friends and reliable family members that will take care of them during their troubled times but what about financially? What about the expensive hospital bills and treatment expense? How do you know for how long you will be in a critical state? These things are all to be thought about and precautions can be taken to financially protect your family when they need it the most. Critical illness is a tax free lump sum of money, your family can benefit if you become seriously ill. Critical illness refers to conditions such as cancer, heart attack, critical disease, coronary artery bypass surgery, kidney failure, multiple sclerosis, stroke, major organ transplant and permanent severe injury.

You will have to check with the insurance company what type of conditions they cover because each critical illness insurance policy is different. Certain medical conditions with policies are not covered. Some of the medical conditions that don’t apply to the policy include certain types of tumours, angina, non invasive skin cancer, lymphoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, and HIV. A financial boost is necessary during difficult times so it is essential to plan out and prepare for the hardships of your life by looking into critical illness insurance policies that will cover your needs. Critical illness cover can be obtained by individuals between the ages of 17 and 70. There are policies that are for a specific time period or you can also sign policies that are valid for life. A critical illness insurance claim can usually be made only 3 months after the policy has been signed.

A medical examination usually needs to be done before you sign an insurance policy for critical illness. Once the insurers have the assurance that you have a clean bill of health, they will accept you for being covered under a critical illness policy. They also will need to examine your past medical history and family history to determine what medical conditions can be covered. You will have to pay higher premiums if you are a smoker. Drug abuse, suicide, self inflicted injury and criminal behaviour will not be covered under your critical illness insurance policy.

The cheapest policy will probably cover only a few medical conditions. The more expensive policies will cover everything from A to Z, so the insurers get the satisfaction of charging you high premiums. It is best to stick to an insurance policy that covers a medium range of medical conditions and some important serious conditions. Read all the terms and conditions to fully understand what is covered and what is not. There are policies which can cover children if they need to be hospitalized. If you do have children, ensure your family is covered under the policy you choose. Check the premium trends and make sure they are fixed and will not increase after a few years. Try and search for critical illness insurance plans that provide guaranteed premiums. Obtain the key feature document from each of the insurers you are investigating to compare one policy from another and find the one that suits your budget.

14 Feb

Diagnosing Rectal Cancer

If you or your loved one has suffered because doctors did not diagnose rectal cancer in a timely fashion, you could be in a position to make a claim. To find out more, you need to speak to a solicitor as soon as possible.

Timely diagnosis of rectal cancer

Like all cancers, the prognosis for rectal cancer depends upon how deeply the tumour has invaded the tissue and surrounding lymph nodes. If the disease is caught in the early stages, treatment will be much less invasive and much more effective. But if the tumour mass is allowed to grow until it emerges from the peri-anal region, the prognosis for recovery will be poor.

Therefore it is extremely important doctors diagnose rectal cancer as early as possible. Of course this will not always be possible, especially if a patient does not seek medical attention until the condition is in the advanced stages. However, questions will be raised if a patient does attend his or her GP with the classic symptoms of rectal cancer, but a diagnosis is not made until many months down the line.

Although you may believe such a lengthy delay in diagnosis to be unlikely, it does unfortunately happen. Cases over the past 25 years have involved patients complaining to their GPs of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, weight loss and changes in defecation – all of which are the typical symptoms of rectal cancer. But despite the characteristic signs being present, a diagnosis is not made in a timely fashion. This might be because:-

– A GP does not refer a patient for further investigation;
– There is a delay in performing a colonoscopy;
– The colonoscopy results are not accurately assessed;
– A referral to a specialist is not made.

Claiming for delayed diagnosis of rectal cancer

If this has happened to you or your loved one, you need to talk to a solicitor about the treatment you have received. This is because if a delay in diagnosis increased the amount of pain and suffering you have been caused, and affected the prognosis for recovery, there will be grounds for a medical negligence claim. This means doctors failed to provide an acceptable standard of care, therefore breaching their duty towards you. You will therefore be legally entitled to claim compensation for the pain, suffering and financial loss this has caused.

To discuss claiming compensation for a delayed rectal cancer diagnosis, please get in touch with a medical negligence solicitor today.

13 Feb

Global Study On Malignant Ascites Market Shares, Strategies And Forecasts 2016 – 2023 – Credence Research

The latest market report published by Credence Research, Inc. “Global Malignant Ascites Treatment Market – Growth, Share, Opportunities, Competitive Analysis, and Forecast, 2016 – 2024,” the malignant ascites treatment market was valued at USD 581.9 Mn in 2015, and is expected to reach USD 778.0 Mn by 2024, expanding at a CAGR of 3.2% from 2016 to 2024.

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Malignant ascites indicates presence of malignant cells in the peritoneal cavity. The most common malignancies linked with development of malignant ascites are cancers of ovary, colon/rectum, breast, lung, liver, lungs and lymphoma. The survival rate of such patients is poor; however appropriate treatment modality can improve the quality of life. Approximately half of the patients with malignant ascites have peritoneal carcinomatosis with additional 30% patients with liver metastases leading to portal hypertension. Traditional therapies for malignant ascites include paracentesis, shunting, drugs such as spironolactone, catumaxomab, and chemotherapy. With the advent of monoclonal antibody for treatment of malignancies, the catumaxomab is being increasingly preferred in palliative care of malignant ascites. Among the available treatment options, paracentesis is the most preferred option with higher success rates. However associated health risks with repeated procedures, alternatives and adjuncts such as chemotherapy and catumaxomab are being highly preferred by physicians in developed markets

North America was observed as the leading geographical region in malignant ascites treatment market driven by key factors such as aging population coupled with cancer complications, rising prevalence of several cancers, strong treatment pipeline, and rising awareness in medical practitioners associated with complexities related to ascites. During the forecast period 2016 – 2024, Japan was observed as the largest market in Asia-Pacific due to peaking geriatric population, increasing prevalence of cancers, and high public awareness related with early diagnosis coupled with several government initiatives. The other countries such as India, South Korea, Malayasia, Indonesia, Australia and Thailand are expected to observed significant growth in the near future due to developing healthcare infrastructure, availability of highly skilled oncologists and upcoming research and development facilities.

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The malignant ascites market is observed as the most diversified and competitive market comprising large number of players. The market is dominated by several players, depending on their major competencies. The key players in this market are AstraZeneca plc, Baxter International Inc., Becton, Dickinson and Company, F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Merit Medical Systems, Inc., Neovii Pharmaceuticals AG, Pfizer, Inc., Novartis AG, and GI Supply

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High prevalence of cancers leading to ascites especially ovarian cancer, breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancer and colorectal cancer

Growing research in management of cancers and related ascites is increasing and the diagnosis of ascites is also expected to enhance over the period of time

The key challenge faced in malignant ascites treatment market is limited prognosis and difficulties in treating ascites

The major opportunity in malignant ascites treatment market is due to high unmet needs for treatment of malignant ascites and strong treatment pipeline

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12 Feb

4th International Conference on Hepatology

4th International Conference on Hepatology April 27-29, 2017 Dubai, UAE

Theme: To create global awareness and to share novel approaches on treating Liver and Pancreatic Diseases

We are honoured to invite you to the 4th International Conference on Hepatology to be held in beautiful city, Dubai, UAE during April 27-29, 2017. The conference proceedings include symposiums and workshops, keynote speeches, plenary talks, poster sessions and panel discussion on latest research developments in the field of Hepatology.

This conference will encourage innovative ideas and advanced diagnostic approaches towards the liver disease. It will share recent advancements and knowledge share about liver and pancreatic diseases and treatment strategies. The participant companies can display their product to gain the networks and to promote their upcoming new strategies for the future era.

The main aim of this conference is to gather Hepatologists, Gastroenterologists, Pathologists, Directors/CEO & Industry experts, Professors, Researchers, Scientists and Students of Hepatology and Liver diseases in all areas of Liver diseases & Therapeutics and to provide an international forum for the dissemination of original research results, new ideas and practical development experiences related to the research.

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1:15 – Max – 60 days juice fast.

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22:37 – Joe – I would like to ask you for any advice you could give me and my mum, perhaps the things to look out for during our fast.

49:46 – What regimen would you recommend to cure herpes completely 100%?

54:36 – Crystal – You had mentioned some small talk about pancreatic cancer. My father in law has this and although I do not have all the details I am told it is very serious.

1:01:10 – Paul – After I sustained a traumatic brain injury in a bad auto accident in 1998, my body has suffered hemostasis, similar to that of a stroke victim.

1:06:24 – Revon – 24-year old, medical student. Having acne continuously since I was 19. Frontal hair loss, irregularities in menstrual cycle, abnormal hair growth around navel and around nipples.

1:20:51 – Has Dr. Morse given specific details on how to test the pH of your urine? For example, what pH to expect at different times of the day and after meals, and what to do if your urine is acid at certain times etc.?

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1:39:43 – Jennifer – I’ve been dealing with candida issues for a few months now since I took antibiotics for a kidney infection. I have been on a high fruit vegan diet for about three months eating mostly mono-meals of fruit for meals and salads for dinner. I have one bowel movement a day, and they have been watery and what I ate the day before is visible through my bowels.

1:49:58 – George – I have used a half a bottle of amour thyroid but I noticed in one of dr Morse`s videos he said Don`t use amour thyroid because there is a chance that your thyroid will stop making it`s own repairs?

02:02 – Kim – I am gratefully coming through a healing crisis and have a molar that has always bothered me and still does. The tooth is crowned I cant remember if the root canal was done. The cracked root pinches the nerve when I bite down.

2:11:06 – Bobby – Wife with Ovarian cancer.

2:24:33 – Rod – How to take Adrenal glandular to wean off of Hydrocortisone.

2:44:35 – Irena – Grey hair so suddenly and quickly.

2:52:19 – Ph Alex – 23-year-old male with baldness.

2:57:50 – Claire – I’ve always thought I had green eyes, but it turns out I don’t. How can I get rid of the yellow in my eyes? I have just started cutting meat and dairy about four days ago. Here are my eyes. I am an 18-year-old female. I have never tried taking pictures like this of my eyes and was very surprised!

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12 Feb

Depression or pathological sadness

Depression is a mood disorder that causes feelings of sadness or a loss of hope for a long time. Being more serious than a simple episode of sadness, anger or just a temporary feeling of loss of energy, depression can have a significant impact on the joy of living your life, the ability to work, on general health and on close individuals.

Depression manifests itself differently from person to person. Some feel “knocked down” for a long time, while to others feelings of depression come and go. If a person has brief episodes of mild depression, it may be able to continue their professional life and cope with daily activities. However, if the person does not follow a form of treatment for depression, is at risk of becoming increasingly depressed or physically ill to. In severe cases of depression, the person may come to an inability to communicate, the inability to perform routine activities and even suicide. In these cases, seeing a specialist and following treatment are essential.

People with depression may be reluctant to seek help because of the idea that this is a sign of personal weakness or a character flaw. Today we know that depression, like any other medical condition, has a biological and chemical basis. Treatment of depression is usually safe and effective even in people with severe depression.

Causes of depression
What causes depression is a subject currently intensively studied. Experts believe that genetic predisposition, along with stressful life events, medical conditions, taking medications or other factors, may cause an imbalance of certain brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, causing depression.
Situations that can trigger an episode of depression are:
– Some medications such as narcotics or steroids used to remove pain, depressive symptoms usually disappear once the drug is stopped
– Disturbances of hormones, such as a thyroid or adrenal imbalance
– Chemical imbalances, such as imbalances in blood levels of calcium or low levels of iron (anemia)
– Long disease (chronic), such as arthritis, heart disease or cancer
– Infections such as viral infections or liver or brain infections
– Major stressors such as death of a loved one
– Chronic stressors such as poverty, family difficulties, own serious medical problems or a loved one.
– Elderly people who move from independent living to a life dependent on others are often depressed
– Pressures on children and adolescents, by society or those of the same age
– Consumption of alcohol, illegal substances or concerns about substance abuse
– Chronic PMS
– Menopause
– Chronic pain
– Stress
– Fatigue
– Recent birth.

Herbal remedies for depression
Since the problems that cause depression cannot be eliminated simply, it is important to help ourselves in other ways. Insomnia that occur as a result of depression, if is neglected, can further increase general malaise and depression default. Melatonin is a substance that our body produces naturally and is responsible to induce sleep naturally with dark. Under stress and depression occur some changes in the production of this hormone and the pineal gland does not produce enough melatonin, so insomnia appears. A solution to address depression is supplementation with melatonin that removes sleeping problems (insomnia) occurring frequently in patients with depression.

Rhodiola Rosea (Rhodiolin Calivita) is an adaptogenic herb that eliminates the harmful effect of stress on the heart, increases serotonin and dopamine in people exposed to stress and decreases the harmful effects of partial components (cortisol and glucocorticoid), thus providing an optimal level of these hormones. This herb is effective in improving mood and relieving depression.

Noni fruit extract also is effective in combating depression because it helps to regulate sleep and blood pressure, creates a general feeling of well, relieving fatigue and depression. Serotonin and scopoletin – two active compounds found in the composition of the fruit – are known for their effectiveness in treating depression, anxiety, obsessive-phobic disorders, sleep disorders and pain.

11 Feb

Cure Hemorrhoids The Ideal Way

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins situated in the lower part of the rectum and the anus. They turn out to be enlarged because of amplified strain within them, generally due to straining at stools and during pregnancy because of the pressure of the enlarged uterus. Some of the ways to cure hemorrhoids are explained in this article.

Before any form of treatment, a careful assessment and correct analysis by the doctor is significant any time bleeding from the rectum or blood in the stool happen. Bleeding may also be an indication of added digestive illness, including colorectal cancer. Closer assessment of the rectum for hemorrhoids needs a test with an anoscope or a proctoscope, useful for completely examining the entire rectum.

Medical curing of hemorrhoids is aimed primarily at relieving symptoms. Procedures to decrease symptoms include tub baths many times a day in plain, warm water for about 10 minutes and application of a hemorrhoid cream or suppository to the affected area for a limited time.

Preventing the reappearance of hemorrhoids will require relieving the strain and straining of constipation. Doctors will frequently suggest increasing fiber and fluids in the diet. Eating the exact quantity of fiber and drinking six to eight glasses of fluid result in softer, bulkier stools.

A stool that is much softer will definitely make bowel movements much easier and at the same time, will reduce the pressure on your hemorrhoids which are caused by too much push. Eliminating straining also helps avoid the hemorrhoids from protruding.

What is more, doctors may recommend a stool softener or perhaps a supplement called psyllium or methylcellulose. In a few cases, hemorrhoids should be managed endoscopically or through a surgical procedure. Such methods are employed to break by reducing the size of the hemorrhoidal tissue. A number of methods may be used to remove or reduce the size of internal hemorrhoids.

These methodsentail having a rubber band ligation wherein a rubber band is placed around the base of the hemorrhoid inside the rectum. The band cuts off circulation, and the hemorrhoid withers away within a few days. There is also Sclerotherapy wherein a chemical solution is injected around the blood vessel to destroy the hemorrhoid. Also, there is the infrared coagulation in which a special tool is used to burn hemorrhoidal tissues. And lastly, there is hemorrhoidectomy wherein extensive or severe internal or external hemorrhoids may require excision by surgery known as hemorrhoidectomy.

Exercise, involving walking, and improved fiber intake in your diet help eliminate constipation as well as too much pushing by coming up with stools which are obviously softer and easier to get rid of. There are actually countless ways to cure hemorrhoids but keep in mind that not all products or forms of treatments in the market can really guarantee you with 100 percent healing. Hence, it is really best if you will be vigilant in choosing what is best for you.

10 Feb

Facts On Saccharin Side Effects

Saccharin, in the form of saccharin sodium, is an unnatural sweetener that’s widely used today. Numerous goods like medicine, carbonated drinks and also toothpaste utilize saccharine to add flavor. Companies, previously, were required by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to plainly label items that use saccharin. Yet, that was changed in the year 2000. Likewise, it was listed as among the most harmful materials yet it was delisted by the EPA in 2010.

Nonetheless, the saccharin side effects didn’t disappear. CSPI or the Center for the Science in Public Interest carried out a study in the year 1997 in rats that observed that saccharin could cause bladder cancer. This doesn’t mean that saccharin could cause bladder cancer in people too but it surely justifies additional research.

Saccharine may also possibly cause diabetes. Saccharin doesn’t contain any calories and it simply passes through the body. However, its sweet taste could excite your pancreas to make insulin. Insulin is used by the body to move sugar within the blood. If you ingest saccharin, insulin is made but there won’t be any sugar to transport and this confuses our bodies. This can lead to diabetes.

Some people experience severe allergies once they encounter sulfonamide – a substance found in saccharin. Trouble in breathing, diarrhea, skin rashes and headaches are just a few examples of these allergy symptoms. It may cause babies to experience muscle dysfunction yet it is legally found in infant formulas.

Indeed, saccharin doesn’t have any calories but surprisingly, it could cause obesity. This is because of its sweet taste. Our bodies are incredible machines that naturally prepare to take delivery of large quantities of energy anytime sweet taste is sensed. Due to the fact saccharin doesn’t have calories, your body is confused. As soon as you eat desserts that do have massive amounts of calories from fat, the body won’t be prepared for it. The extra energy would be kept as fat rather than being burned and the outcome is weight gain.

There are lots of natural news sites that also talk about the various scientific studies conducted to identify the real impacts of saccharin. You should check the references that these posts use to ensure that you’re only getting trustworthy information. Usually, the use of saccharin is discouraged in the trustworthy article resources.

While the government could change its mind concerning whether saccharine is acceptable or not, you don’t need to stake your state of health in exchange of sugar-free sweets. Our bodies don’t have any need for saccharin. It’s really a compound derived from coal tar. There are other sugar alternatives which you can use with no endangering your health.

09 Feb

Hair Loss Remedies – Get Informed Now

The trigger for male pattern baldness, also called androgenic alopecia, is DHT, a powerful sex hormone that can adversely affect the hair and prostate gland too. One large study that was done in Australia showed that the prevalence of mid-frontal hair loss increases as people age and affects 57% of women and 73.5% of men aged 80 years and over. The most common form of baldness is a progressive hair thinning condition called androgenic alopecia or ‘male pattern baldness’ that occurs in men.

Temporary loss of hair can occur in areas where sebaceous cysts are present for one week to several weeks in length. Correcting a hormone imbalance may prevent further hair loss. If the thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, hair may fall out; treating thyroid disease will help remedy this.

Some drugs or medications can cause hair loss, which improves when you stop taking the medicine; medications that can cause hair loss include blood thinners, medicines used for gout, and chemotherapy drugs used for cancer, too much vitamin A supplementation, birth control pills and antidepressants. One type of baldness is called traction alopecia, which is most commonly found in people with ponytails or cornrows who pull on their hair with excessive force. Recognizing and treating an infection may help stop hair loss.

Hair loss may occur if male or female hormones, known as androgens and estrogens, are out of balance; correcting the hormone imbalance may stop the hair loss. Hypothyroidism can cause hair loss, especially thinning of the outer third of the eyebrows. Hair loss may occur as part of an underlying disease, such as lupus or diabetes.

Minoxidil is a drug that’s used daily to prevent hair loss but may create heart problems; the hair it grows is very fine, only on the top of the head and may fall out again soon after the drug is stopped. Very little testing has been done on the long-term effects of Minoxidil on women. Hair loss treatments and remedies range in price from free to expensive.

Surgery is another method of reversing hair loss and baldness, although it may be considered an extreme measure. Stress reduction can be helpful in slowing hair loss. Minoxidil is a very expensive drug, costing about one hundred dollars per month for daily treatment.

Please be aware there are side effects and serious side effects sometimes with the drugs that are commonly used for hair loss. Regular aerobic exercise can help keep androgen levels naturally lower while maintaining overall health, lowering stress and increasing SHBG. There are natural home remedies and many recipes for making mixtures to apply topically to the scalp.

Olive oil and rosemary remedy for hair loss – use equal amounts of olive oil and oil of rosemary; combine them in a bottle, shake vigorously, massage into the scalp, put on a cap and shampoo in the morning. Apple cider vinegar used as a hair rinse may stimulate hair growth. Raw onion remedy for hair loss – take half a raw onion and massage the scalp with it; cover the head overnight, shampoo and rinse in the morning.

Asian remedy for hair loss – rub sesame oil on your scalp every night, cover with a cap or old towel; in the morning wash with an herbal shampoo, rinse with a solution of one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in one quart of water. Massage the scalp nightly with oil made of one part rosemary oil and two parts almond oil. Onion juice and honey remedy for hair loss: prepare a hair-growing elixir by combining 1/4 cup of onion juice with one tablespoon of honey; massage the scalp with the mixture every day.
Make sure to test remedies on a small area first and check with your hair loss doctor or skin doctor before trying any natural home remedy if it includes any irritating ingredients. Try lying on a slant board with head down for 15 minutes a day, but clear it with your doctor first. Circulation to the scalp is important.

Vodka and cayenne remedy for loss – mix one jigger of vodka with a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (test on skin first for sensitivity) and rub it on the scalp; blood rushes to the hair follicles stimulated by the vodka and cayenne pepper – be careful if you try it. One patient reported that he used coconut oil on his hair and scalp for a year and during that time his hair became thicker and he hade more of it on the top of his head where he had been receding a bit; good as a hair gel too. Try scalp massage every day.

If large amounts of hair are lost it’s important to see a doctor or skin doctor to rule out an underlying disease. If you experience any form of hair loss that causes you concern, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss the treatment options available to you for your particular condition. Concentrate on boosting your immune system to give your hair the best chance to regrow.

09 Feb

Facts about Symptoms of Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer is the leading cancer that affects a feminine reproductive system. It is highly associated to a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV). Various strains of this infection play a huge role in the occurrence of cervical cancer. The HPV virus is usually contained by the woman’s immune system and does not easily cause harm. This is not the case in all women since in some the virus is able to withstand and start converting some normal cervical cells to cancer cells. The cervix which links the vagina and the uterus of a woman starts to develop atypical cells on its superficial layer also called the cervical dysplagia. When it is left untreated it spreads to other cells of the cervix. This is usually the beginning of a well dreaded disease by many. On a brighter note it is important to note that one can have a pap smear done and get vaccinated against cervical cancer.

There are several factors that increase chances of getting cervical cancer. Since HVP is sexually transmitted, most of these factors are sexual related and include having multiple sexual partners, having a partner with multiple partners, having sex at an early age and HIV/AIDs. Some nonsexual factors include smoking and taking some medications.

Early cervical cancer has no visible or describable symptoms but as it grows, one starts to note some observable symptoms. One of the major one includes abnormal bleeding. This abnormal bleeding may manifest itself in many different forms which include bleeding which occurs in between an ordinary menstrual cycle, bleeding after a sexual encounter, a pelvic examination or douching. It may also manifest itself in extremely long and very heavy menstrual cycle- heavier than a normal heavy bleeding. One may also experience menstrual-like bleeding when they have cervical cancer. Abnormal bleeding is its most recognizable symptoms and one should always consult a medical doctor as soon as one notices something abnormal about their bleeding.

Apart from abnormal bleeding, there are other possible ways that it may manifest itself which include increased virginal discharge and pain during intercourse and pain in the pelvic part of the body.

In its earlier stages, it can be treated through several methods. One who has symptoms of this form of cancer should see a medical professional for a pap smear or HPV test and other advanced tests will be done which includes coloscopsy and biopsy. The best way to control this disease is prevention. This means that ever woman should have a pap smear done within the first two years of sexual activity and should not wait later than 21 years of age. There are different methods of treating this cancer which include vaccination against HPV, LEEP process where electrical current is used in the elimination of abnormal cancerous cells or even cryosurgery which involves killing cancerous cells by freezing them. It is important that when you get any manifestations that are similar or close the above mentioned cervical cancer symptoms you should go to a qualified medical professional for instructions.

08 Feb

Mesothelioma – The Asbestos Factor

INTRODUCTION: Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is nearly always brought about by previous exposure to asbestos. The majority of people who develop it have inhaled asbestos particles while being employed on a job where asbestos is used, or they have been exposed to asbestos dust and fibre in some other way, such as by washing and cleaning the clothes of a family member who worked with or around asbestos.

It is an extremely serious disease with an average survival time of about 1 to 2 years after diagnosis. Unlike lung cancer, there is no relationship between mesothelioma and smoking. The condition occurs more frequently in men than in women and risk grows with age, however this disease can appear in either men or women at any age. It is also known to happen in those who are genetically pre-disposed to it.

SYMPTOMS: The disease may not appear until 20 – 50 years after exposure to asbestos. Diagnosing it can be hard, because the symptoms are similar to those of a number of other diseases. The signs of mesothelioma include shortness of breath due to pleural effusion (fluid between the lungs and the chest wall) or a painful chest wall , and more general symptoms such as loss of weight.

Signs of the condition may also include abdominal pain, ascites, or an un-explained buildup of fluid in the abdomenal mass in the abdomen, problems with bowel function. Other signs of peritoneal mesothelioma may include obstruction of the bowel, abnormal blood clotting, anemia, and fever.

If the cancer has metastatized beyond the mesothelium to other parts of the body,possible signs may include pain, trouble with swallowing, or swelling of the neck or face.

In severe cases of the disease, the following signs and symptoms may be present: blood clots in the veins, which may cause thrombophlebitis, disseminated intravascular coagulation, a disorder causing severe bleeding in many body organs, jaundice, or yellowing of the eyes and skin, low blood sugar level, pleural effusion, pulmonary emboli, or blood clots in the arteries of the lungs, severe ascites. These symptoms may be caused by mesothelioma or by other, less serious conditions.

TREATMENT: There are number of types of treatment options available: Radiation, Surgery, and chemotherapy including newly approved medications. Despite treatment with chemotherapy, radiation therapy and sometimes surgery, the disease has a poor prognosis. For those with localized disease, and who can tolerate a radical surgery, radiation is usually given post-operatively as a consolidative treatment.

Although the disease is normally resistant to curative treatment with radiotherapy alone, palliative treatment regimens are sometimes used to ease symptoms arising from tumor growth, such as blockage of a major blood vessel. In February 2004, the United States FDA approved pemetrexed (brand name Alimta) for treatment of cancerous pleural mesothelioma.

CONCLUSION: Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is nearly always caused by previous exposure to asbestos. Cancer that affects the pleura can cause these signs and symptoms: A painful chest wall, pleural effusion, or fluid surrounding the lungs, shortness of breath, fatigue or anemia, wheezing, hoarseness or cough, blood in the sputum (fluid) coughed up (hemoptysis).

It is described as localized if the condition is found only on the membrane surface where it started. Screening tests might diagnose mesothelioma earlier than conventional methods thus increasing the survival prospects for patients.

The processes leading to the development of peritoneal mesothelioma remain unresolved, although it has been proposed that asbestos fibres from the lung are transported to the abdomen and associated organs via the lymphatic system.

It has been suggested that in humans, transport of fibres to the pleura is critical to the pathogenesis of the disease.

Experimental evidence suggests that asbestos acts as a total and complete carcinogen with the development of mesothelioma occurring in sequential stages of initiation and promotion.

Although reported incidence rates have increased in the past 20 years, the disease is still a relatively rare cancer. Incidence of malignant mesothelioma currently ranges from about 7 to 40 per 1,000,000 in industrialized Western nations, depending on the amount of asbestos exposure of the populations during the past several decades.

Between the years 1973 and 1984, there has been a threefold growth in the diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma in white males. From 1980 to the late 1990s, the death rate from mesothelioma in the United states increased from 2 thousand per year to 3 thousand, with men four times more likely to acquire the disease than women. These rates may not be accurate, since it is possible that many cases are mis-diagnosed as adenocarcinoma of the lung, which is hard to differentiate from mesothelioma.

Working with asbestos is the greatest risk factor for mesothelioma. However, the disease has been reported in some persons without any known exposure to asbestos. In addition to mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos raises the risk of lung cancer, asbestosis (a noncancerous, chronic lung ailment), and other malignancies, such as those of the larynx and kidney.

Smoking modern cigarettes does not appear to increase the risk of developing the disease. The Kent brand of cigarettes used asbestos in its filters for the first few years of production in the 1950s and some cases of mesothelioma have resulted.