For most people, being diagnosed with cancer is similar to getting the death sentence. However, the reason for this reaction is quite justified. Cancer is the leading cause of deaths in the world and it has no known cure. Also, scientists have not been able to pinpoint what causes it to develop in the human body.
It is not all doom and gloom though. Chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and some medications have been used in managing this disease. Also, researchers have been slowly coming up with little victories in their journey to combating this menace once and for all. So, if you are curious about the progress being made in finding a cure for cancer, we have some good news for you in this article:
Breast cancer: One of the cancers that is close to being cured is breast cancer. This cancer is one of the leading causes of death in women and many sufferers have had their breasts removed surgically to decrease their risk of having the disease. However, such scenarios would soon be a thing of the past due to a recent breakthrough. Scientists researching on a cure for breast cancer were able to use a drug meant for treating osteoporosis to stop the cancer cells from growing. This drug even appeared to prevent or delay the formation of tumors in women that were at high risk of the disease.
Prostate cancer: This cancer mostly affects men. It grows slowly and rarely reveals any symptom until it becomes big enough to put pressure on the urethra. Researchers recently discovered the gene responsible for about 90% of the tumors. This result also showed that most of the cases of prostate cancer can be linked to changes in the DNA of the sufferers. With this revelation, doctors will soon begin to test for the gene mutations. And patients with an advanced stage of the disease would easily be treated with existing drugs or a combination of drugs that are known to target the gene.
Lung cancer: This cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the world. It is also the most preventable as over half of its sufferers got it through smoking. Anyway, those suffering from this cancer can now be treated with a wonder drug discovered by researchers. It works by targeting a protein gene found in cancer cells that tricks the immune system into thinking that there is no cancer in the body.
Skin cancer: A new research has shown that a combination of two drugs can effectively destroy the deadliest form of this disease. These drugs when tested on patients with advanced skin cancer, destroyed the tumors and also kept them alive. Also, the drugs work by blocking the ability of the tumor to neutralize cells in the body’s immune system. This action then signals the body to immediately get rid of the cancer.
The battle with cancer has been going on for a long time. But from all indications, researchers are getting close to winning the war. Finally, as the train of progress continues to move on, cancer would hopefully become a thing of the past.
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