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If you are unable to work because of Cancer you may be able to make a TPD claim for a lump sum from the Total & Permanent Disabilty insurance contained within your superannuation fund.
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What is Cancer?
Cancer is a set of abnormal cells which divide uncontrollably and faster than normal cells. It spreads into other body tissues and gradually causes destruction. There are more than 200 types of cancers which occur in the human body. The commonest cancers are breast cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer in both males and females and prostate cancer in males. Cancers can cause early death especially if not identified and treated early.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world (second only to heart diseases).
What are the signs and symptoms of cancers?
How do cancers spread?
Cancers spread locally invading into nearby tissues or they can spread through blood vessels and lymph drainage to distant places. When cancer cells break away from the primary site and travel to a distant site, it can form new tumors there. It is called a metastatic tumor.
What are the most aggressive cancers?
Some cancers spread fast and is more severe than others.
What are the risk factors for cancer?
Above risk factors are nonreversible and beyond your control. However there are many preventable risk factors identified. By changing your life style you can reduce the risk of developing cancer. The preventable risk factors are,
How do you reduce the risk of developing cancer?
According to cancer prevention guidelines of WHO (World Health Organization) between 30 – 50% of all cancers are preventable.
The following tips provide simple steps and life style changes you can make to fight against cancer.
Smoking is a proven cause for many cancers including lungs, mouth, throat, esophageal cancers and pancreatic cancers. Even if you are a nonsmoker, frequent exposure to passive smoke will increase the risk of developing cancer.
Your doctor can support you to quit smoking. There are certain medications and Nicotine patches which can help to abstain from smoking. Also avoid passive exposure as much as possible. Avoid tobacco and betel chewing to reduce the risk for oral and throat cancers.
Wear protective clothing, use umbrellas, large brimmed hats and sun glasses to protect from excessive sun exposure or stay in the shade to avoid harmful rays of the sun. Apply a good sun block of SPF 30 -50 depending on the weather.
Eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and green leaves. Whole grains and nuts, legumes and lean meats are healthy options. Avoid processed meats like sausages, ham and bacon. Avoid animal fats and refined sugars as much as possible. Use olive oil instead of butter. Eat more fish as protein sources than meats.
Hepatitis B – Reduce the risk of liver cancer
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) – Reduce the risk of cervical cancer in females
Practice safe sex – Limit your sexual relationships to a single faithful partner or wear condoms to protect you against sexually transmitted infections like HIV and HPV. People who are infected with HIV and AIDS have a higher risk of lung, liver and anal cancers.
HPV infection is a risk factor for cervical cancer and cancers of anus, penis, vagina, vulva and throat.
What are the treatment options for cancers?
There are several treatment options for cancer. They are;
Improvements in cancer screening, early detection and treatment has significantly improved the survival rates of cancer patients. Ex: since late 1980s the number of deaths from breast cancer has been decreasing steadily, therefore breast cancer survival has doubled in the past 40 years (Statistics of Cancer research UK).
Are cancers curable?
Some cancers can be cured provided it is not spread and treatment is done early.
Ex: Some Leukemia and lymphomas are curable with chemo and radiotherapy.
Some confined breast cancers and colorectal cancers are curable with a combination of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Rarely cancers can go into remission by itself.
However even with successful treatment cancers can recur.