Cancer is when cells within the body start to grow uncontrollably. When this happens, over time, the cells start to form tumors. Tumors can occur anywhere in the body, and as a result of this, cancer can be divided into different types such as, breast cancer, brain cancer, skin cancer, bowel cancer etc. The only cancer that does not form tumors is leukemia (cancer of the blood).
In the US alone, there are 340,000 cases of cancer. Every year, 12.7 million people are diagnosed with a form of cancer. Every year 7.6 million people die from a form of cancer.
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The most common forms of cancer are lung cancer, breast cancer colorectum cancer/bowel cancer and prostate cancer.
Treatments for cancer can be a long and gruelling process. Radiation and chemotherapy are among the most common forms of medical care. These treatments are extremely expensive. Costs vary, depending on the cancer and the duration to treat it, but costs estimate as high as $30,000 if treatment is over 8 weeks long. The side effects from these treatments are extremely life changing. This is because, while chemo can kill the cancer cells, it also kills healthy cells, which weakness the immune system to a great extent.
However, there are alternative treatments and therapies which include the use of the cannabis plant and hemp plant. Together, these plants provide a wide range of cannabinoids for us to use for treatments which could potentially be beneficial. Two of these cannabinoids are known as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).
Studies have shown that Tetrahydrocannabinol can effectively ‘make cancer cells starve to death, whilst protecting healthy cells. CBD on the other hand, has be known to help with inflammation and the side effects of other cancer treatments.
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