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Cancer

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, as a result of this cancer can be divided into the likes of 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 is 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.

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 grueling process. Radiation and chemotherapy are among the most common. 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 the health cells, which weakness the immune system to a great extent.

However, there are alternative treatments for example, Δ⁹-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It is a chemical compound that is extracted from the cannabis plant. This compound is known as a cannabinoid, and there are over 100 different kind of cannabinoids within the cannabis plant.

Two which have have promising medical values, which is THC, like mentions above and Cannabidiol (CBD). Studies have shown that Δ⁹-Tetrahydrocannabinol can effectively “make cancer cells commit suicide, while projecting health cells.

cannabisMD offers a variety of information on cancer and treatments such as medical cannabis. This is all to help guide you and inform you about cancer and possible alternative treatments.