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Cancer Prevention and Implications For An Early Diagnosis

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This article will focus on cancer prevention strategies, as well as modern diagnostic measurement tools helpful for a timely cancer identification and treatment.

Cancer may develop as a result of many things including chronic nutrient deficiencies in Vitamin D or iodine, hormonal imbalances, an overload of environmental toxins and the cumulative effect of harmful inorganic substances like mercury or lead. Health practitioners may reveal to you that cancer is more easily prevented than cured.

Preventive measures for cancer include smoking cessation, strengthening the immune system, losing weight, eliminating refined sugar and minimizing the ingestion of toxins like mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde or aluminum.

Iodine deficiency can be problematic for the thyroid. The standard diet requires iodine and not brominated flour because bromine binds to iodine cells. Organic iodine promotes cancer cell apoptosis. The cancer prevention diet consists of foods like oatmeal, nuts, yams, vegetables and fruits. Patients should avoid things like refined flour, oil, salts, white bread, pasta and devitalized foods like table salt. Olive oil, coconut oil, raw honey, stevia and organic butter are best. Organic unrefined sea salt is best to promote a healthy pH level of 7.1 or more.

Certain heavy metals like mercury can compromise immune function leading to many diseases of the immune system. Examples of heavy metal contaminants include albacore tuna, shellfish, vaccines and silver dental fillings. A suppressed immune system can lead to cancer. There are supplements sold in health food stores which remove heavy metals.

Avoidance of x-ray radiation exposure is critical to cancer prevention. X-rays like the PET scan and CAT scan are known to produce much higher levels of radiation which tends to be cumulative.

High white cell counts point to the possibility of cancer or significant autoimmune system problems. Customarily, ultrasounds, biopsies and more sophisticated scans confirm a cancer diagnosis. There is a tumor marker test utilized for elusive cancers like pancreatic cancer. Some researchers believe that an elevated CA19-9 (carbohydrate antigen 19-9) level points to pancreatic cancer.  And so, tests like the CA 19-9 need to be taken early enough so that the cancer can be either prevented or managed more optimally.

Imaging tests used to arrive at a firm diagnosis of pancreatic cancer include ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These tests help the cancer specialist determine the stage of pancreatic cancer. In the early stages, pancreatic cancer is confined to the pancreas, nearby tissues or lymph nodes. Later stage pancreatic cancer spreads to other sites like the liver, lungs and other internal organs.

Cancer therapies are still evolving. Even the most optimistic oncology specialists will tell you that prevention strategies are far more preferable than the current state of art for cures particularly for pancreatic cancer. The field is still advancing although preventive strategies are gaining wider acceptance. The key to managing cancer including pancreatic cancer is to implement preventive strategies for the disease ; such as, strict dietary protocols and detoxification regimens before the classic tipping points for cancer are reached.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.