Therapeutic options become available, if we understand the root cause of cancer. Cancer is a multistage process that takes years to develop; numerous opportunities arise to intervene in this process. During the earliest stages of cancer, we see change primarily within the DNA nucleus itself. The mutations that occur via the free radical attack of the DNA pass to each subsequent cell as it replicates. Eventually, because of further free radical damage to the cell, a precancerous tumor develops. This is the first practical level that we can evaluate clinically. The final stage is the development of a malignancy or cancer, which has the ability to spread from one part of the body to another.
Differing from attacking cancer with treatments in its final stage, cancer prevention focuses on preventing the cancer from developing in its earliest stages. Always remember, balance is the key. If we have enough antioxidants available, oxidative stress does not occur and the DNA of the nucleus is safe from initial damage. Cancer prevention also aims to reverse the damage that has already occurred to the cell. The body has the amazing ability to heal itself.
We will take up all three phases & reversal of cancer in our subsequent blogs.