Cancer Risks Increase with Age

By: Jody Smith

Young and old alike may get cancer but risk levels for cancer increase as people get older. As we move further towards the other side of age 50, our risks for cancer go beyond whatever diseases may run in the family, and widen considerably.

Why is that? The older we get, the more exposure we've had to unhealthy influences.

Some are things we've done to ourselves, like smoking or spending too many unprotected hours in the sun. Some are things that are done to us without our knowledge, like exposure to toxins on the job or in our homes or other environments.

And some have no known explanation at all. Who can explain why the non-smoker got lung cancer, or why the healthy eater got pancreatic cancer? But it happens, and it happens more often to the over-50 crowd.

Getting older brings with it a tendency for our cells and genes to suffer all sorts of wear and tear that results in irreparable damage. Though damage is constantly being repaired and monitored by various body systems, sometimes the repairs go awry, and things can get out of control. When cells begin to divide and grow in a way that is abnormal, cancer may result.

Sometimes cells are produced that are abnormal and they continue to produce even more abnormal cells. As this reproduction continues, this overabundance of abnormal cells can congregate, becoming a tumor or growth.

These abnormal cells can spread to other areas of the body and resulting tumors can put pressure on tissue and organs, crowding them and causing pain or discomfort.

The presence of cancer may be signaled by a thickening or lump, by a new mole, or a mole that has changed in appearance. You may not be healing from a cough or hoarseness, or you may have a sore that isn't healing as it should.

You may have a hard time eating due to trouble swallowing, and you may be very uncomfortable after eating. Bowel or bladder patterns may have changed. You may have significant weight loss or weight gain for no apparent reason.

You may experience bleeding or discharge that is abnormal. You may be weak and exhausted in a profound way.

Early treatment for cancer is the most effective treatment. Tumors are more likely to shrink or be destroyed

Be assured, these symptoms are very often NOT signs of cancer. But having them checked out by your health care provider is always a good idea.

Sources:

Cancer in Seniors - As We Age the Risk Increases

http://www.disabled-world.com/health/cancer/elderly-cancer.php

Cancer Facts For People Over 50

http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/cancer-facts-people-over-50

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