Curing cancer has clearly been a popular topic for thousands of years. From what we know, cancer dates back as far as 3000 BC and was first discovered in Egypt. Here we are so many years later and despite all the advanced technologies, and advances in the medical industry we still do not have a clue as to how we can cure this horrible type of disease.
In order to understand why coming up with a cure is so difficult, it’s important to understand what cancer actually is. Well, cancer describes a condition when the cells in our body start to mutate and grow uncontrollably in stead of properly dividing in an orderly way as they normally do. We’re not quite sure what “causes” this to happen but we have found links to cancer growth such as eating certain unhealthy foods. The earliest sign or symptom of possible cancer growth can show up in the form of tumors. Not all forms of cancer will cause tumor growth but many of them do. It’s important that if you have a strange looking lump on your skin that you get it checked out immediately. Obviously most lumps usually turn out to just be calluses, or pimples, but if you have a lump that persists for a while it could be something more serious such as a tumor.
Do we have any theories of what causes cancer cell growth?
Yes, there are many different theories as to what initially causes cancer growth. Most of these theories have been ‘debunked’ or thrown out due to lack of scientific evidence, however a new theory about this has recently gained some traction in the world of science. Many scientists are playing around with the theory that cancer may be caused from a lack of good bacteria in the gut. In our gut flora (network of bacteria inside the gut) we have millions of bacteria, some of which are good for us and some that are harmful. Some scientists are beginning believe that having a lack of good bacteria in your gut flora may cause cells to stop dividing properly and hence cancer forms. The theory is still in it’s very early stages, however there’s many different pharmaceutical research companies in the process of developing different forms of medical treatments to further explore this theory.
The odds that a full cure for cancer happens withing our lifetime seem to be pretty slim, but with the advancements in science happening at such a rapid rate it’s not that hard to see this happening in maybe 40-50 years from now.