Cancer is a condition in which a certain organ is attacked by harmful cancer cells that exhibit uncontrolled and abnormal growth causing damage to healthy tissue and disrupting the natural function of the body. In some cases, cancer cells may invade the surrounding tissue of the organ or spread throughout the body.

Breast cancer is most common with females and can often interfere with their ability to produce milk for newborns, drastically alter the shape of the breasts, or cause death. Colon cancer attacks the digestive system and alters the performance of the large intestine.

How are cancer and obesity related?

Obese patients often experience hormonal imbalances. Abnormal increases of estrogen levels in the body are linked to an increased chance of breast cancer. In addition, unhealthy insulin levels in the body cause excess insulin secretion which could result in colon or breast cancer.

What effects does cancer have on the body?

By leaving cancer untreated, patients may experience a loss of whole areas of tissue or a complete loss in the functionality of certain organs of the body. Colon and breast cancer patients may experience some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Cancer cachexia
  • Continuous pain
  • Bowel abnormalities: constipation or diarrhea
  • Dysphagia
  • Fatigue
  • Mucositis and stomatitis
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neutropenia
  • Steroid-induced hyperglycemia
  • Taste and smell alteration
  • Xerostomia

How can you lower your risks of developing cancer?

Patients can reduce their chances of developing cancer by making long-term adjustments. By maintaining a normal BMI level, exercising at least 30 minutes a day and adopting healthier eating habits, these new health choices will not only help patients lose weight but also minimize their risk of cancer.