The immune system against cancer

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Even though the treatment opportunities for cancer seem to progress, the exact cure for cancer still remains a great mystery. Our immune system is the body’s own defence system. It keeps track of everything that may be potentially harmful or unwelcome to our body. It destroys dangerous microorganisms, cleans the tissues when damaged, and keeps a close eye on every cell or particle that seems unfamiliar and strange.

One of the characteristics of cancer cells is their ability to go undetected by the body’s own immune system. Cancer cells can actually hide from the immune system which would otherwise destroy the damaged cells immediately. With this knowledge, researchers have focused on the immune system as a potential component in treating certain types of cancers. This has led to great breakthroughs concerning new potential treatments for cancer.

One of these breakthroughs is immunotherapy, a type of therapy where your own immune system is recruited to act against cancer cells. Immunotherapy has already been proven to be very effective in the treatment of some specific type of cancers – such as skin cancers, kidney cancer and leukaemia.

Immunotherapy seems even more promising in the future treatment of cancer. Further research is still ongoing, especially regarding the role of immunotherapy in the treatment of more common cancers such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer.

One should always seek to limit the risk of getting cancer as first priority. You can lower your risk by paying more attention to your lifestyle choices and habits. For example, boost your own immune system with a sufficient daily intake of important vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and selenium.

Adile Orhan

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