how many are u suffering from cancer

India
January 5, 2007 12:11am CST
friends, i have come across few friends who are suffering from cancer, is cancer a hereditary disease ?
3 responses
@BONOMBO (74)
• Greece
5 Jan 07
hello my friend!in general cancer is not an hereditary disease. But there are some forms that they are, for an example thyroid cancer usually is hereditary.cancer patients have to know that most probably enviromental reasons and style of life like smoking and eating habits as well are more probable reasons of having a cancer disease.choose a healthy way of living exercise eat a lot of fibers and dont consume a lot of red meat and dont smoke.then your chances will be minor to have the disease.
@resasour (378)
• United States
5 Jan 07
My mother had pancreatic cancer. I do believe lifestyle choices may help or hinder our ability to get certain types of cancer. My mom's cancer doctor tried explaining cancer to us in this way. This is what they know for sure.. Our body produces cancerous cells all the time. In a healthy person our immune system steps in and fights the cancerous cell and wins. At some point, when our immune system becomes compromised in some way, such as being ill, bad diets, other medications we take etc.. cancerous cells are not fought off and killed and eliminated and they grow... once they start growing our body no longer fights them off so they spread... It seems like the major link is in the immune system.. and no one has figured out how to keep our immune systems at optimized levels because there are too many things that can compromise it... Therefore, I believe that it is not hereditary.. it is in the genetics... and i think that is why finding a "cure" is so difficult as well.. They can "treat" cancer.. but generally at some point it will come back.. If you are a smoker, you compromise your immune system, as you get older your immune system naturally weakens, if you follow a bad diet, you compromise your immune system, if you are chronically ill, that also compromises your immune system.. So... the research and hope continues on...
• United States
13 Jan 07
Well said! Is your mother still fighting her pancreatic cancer? You may want to listen to the streaming video about this subject. www.drkelley.com
@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I'm not, but my 16 yo daughter had a cancerous tumor removed in November 2006. They got it all, but she will have to go back every three months to be checked to see if it has come back. I've been told that her type of cancer is not hereditary. No one in our family, neither mine nor my husband's, has cancer, so we have no idea where she got it from.