unintentionable weight loss and cancerUnintentional weight loss is a process of losing body weight without increasing physical activity or dieting. This is said to occur following an appetite loss or even when the same amount of calories are consumed as usual. Either way, unintentional weight loss is a disturbing issues hence a cause for concern. This condition can be extremely distressing especially when one loses too much weight which he/she cannot account for. Weight loss is normally a sign or of a serious health problem as body weight is directly proportional to diet welfare of the body. There are several causes of unintentional weight loss and one of the major causes of this is cancer.

Cancer is one of the very serious diseases in the current world. The reason behind weight loss in cancer varies depending on the type of cancer one is suffering from. The following is a list of the various types of cancer and how they contribute towards unintentional weight loss…. 

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Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is frightening and can be devastating, especially when the prognosis is unfavorable. It can be difficult to maintain a positive perspective or even to perform your everyday routine. Adopting one or several coping mechanisms can make it easier to avoid becoming discouraged and overwhelmed while you work with your doctors to treat, and hopefully cure, your cancer.

DISCLAIMER: This article describes general circumstances concerning dealing with a cancer diagnosis. It is not intended to represent medical opinion or provide medical advice. Please consult with your physician concerning specific questions about your health.

Reach Out for Support

Although you may feel alone, there are several support resources available to cancer patients. Cancer support groups allow you to discuss your treatment and emotions with other people facing similar challenges, in a safe, accepting environment. Sounding out your feelings with others can also provide validation for you, as other people in the group come forward with their own challenges related to their illnesses and treatments.

Friends and family are also often willing, even eager to provide a sounding board for you. Discussing your feelings with others can also help avoid or overcome feelings of isolation that can lead to hopelessness.  Friends and family also often feel helpless themselves; allowing them to feel as though they are providing support for you…. 

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Feeling sad and unhappy is part of our everyday life. But when the feeling of sadness and despair won’t go away it may be depression. Depression is a mental illness that can be costly and debilitating to sufferers. When someone is affected by depression they might find it extremely hard to enjoy life. Even simplest things like getting through another day can be overwhelming. There is hope though and you can get better. But you need to understand depression and only then you can find out how to overcome depression.
We have stumbled across a website and found this piece of information there (source – ihowtostopanxiety):

There are numerous exercises that a person can try to overcome their depression. The most effective exercise is “breathing deeply”. For a patient undergoing a bout of depression or feeling depressed, it is advised that they start focusing on their breathing and inhale and exhale slowly, in a relaxed manner. This will help them overcome the stress that causes depression while on the other hand also curbs lethargy and the feeling of dejection and melancholy. The ideal way to do this exercise is to sit in a chair in an upright posture or even on the floor but confirm that you posture is straight and upright and start breathing slowly while concentrating on the movements of your lungs, stomach and the diaphragm. Keep doing this until you feel that the symptoms have subsided.

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Lung cancer kills more women every year than breast cancer. In fact, lung Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death among both men and women with statistics showing it is an increasing problem for women especially as they have a proven susceptibility to developing lung cancer.However, lung cancer poses additional risks and issues for women, and these can be generalised in one major way, and that is to do with smoking. About 90% of all lung cancer deaths among women are as a direct result of smoking or breathing in someone else’s second-hand smoke. (This is known as Passive smoking).Even though research has proven that smoking cause a wide range of very serious health effects, 1 out of every 5 women in the U.S. and other western countries still smoke with this number rising with a disturbing regularity every year despite widespread advertising to show how dangerous it is. Various research studies which have been completed indicate that women who are former smokers may still have a significantly elevated risk of developing lung cancer even 20 years after they have quit smoking.

However it is only fair to say that once they do stop smoking, the overall risk of developing lung cancer does drop.According to an article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in 2005:Female smokers are more likely than male smokers to develop lung cancer,Women who have never smoked are more likely to develop lung cancer than men who have never smoked.These differences are due to hormonal, hereditary, and metabolic differences between the sexes. Female smokers are 13 times more likely to die of lung cancer than women who have never smoked, and female former smokers are 5 times as likely to die of lung cancer as women who have never smoked.Women, even if they have never smoked, should be aware of their higher risks. Because of the elevated risks that smoking causes for lung cancer and a range of other serious diseases, female smokers in particular should think very carefully about quitting smoking as soon as possible, as even though their past history of smoking does make them more liable to developing lung cancer, at least the overall risk decreases once they quit.

American Academy of Dermatology launches new PSAs to address the increased risk of melanoma in older men
SCHAUMBURG, Ill., May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As everyone knows, growing older brings an increased number of health concerns. In fact, dermatologists warn that men older than 50 have an increased risk of developing melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer. Unfortunately, a new survey conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) found that most men are lax when it comes to proper sun protection and are unsure how to examine their skin for skin cancer…. 

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