This year, in America alone, over 1500 people will die of cancer. On the global scale, cancer causes a horrifying 7.6 million deaths per year, with about four million of those deaths being recognized as premature passings- that is, people who are under the age of seventy. These disturbing statistics deem cancer to be one of the leading causes for death in the world. But what exactly is cancer?
Cancer is the general name for a group of more than one hundred diseases- there are many different types of cancer, but they all begin the same way. Cancer of any sort begins when abnormal cells in the body start to grow out of control. All cells contain DNA. DNA is responsible for directing all of the cells’ actions. When a normal cell’s DNA becomes damaged, the cell either repairs the DNA, or dies off. In a cancer cell, the DNA is not repaired, and the cell does not die. Instead, it continues to produce other cells that the body doesn’t need- cells that possess the same damaged DNA as the original damaged cell. Most of the time, these cells will progress to form a tumour, which can invade bodily tissue and threaten one’s life.
There are several ways of treating cancer, but the most common two are through Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of these treatments has been widely debated. Some studies believe that chemotherapy only has a two percent success rate; others profess it can decrease a patient’s chance of death by about thirty percent [depending on the stage at which it is received]. Despite the debate regarding the effectiveness of these procedures, all sources stand in agreement regarding the fact that both Radiation and Chemotherapy are extremely hard on the body, and cause the patient to experience great sickness and pain. So what can be done?
THE OTHER WAY
Since cancer’s identification, the world has been working to invent an ultimate cure. Although today we are still very much in the process of so doing, we do now have Graviola, an alternative cancer treatment.
Graviola is a small evergreen tree, the leaves, fruit, stems, and seeds of which are used to make medicine. Native to rainforests in South East Asia, Africa, and South America, graviola is known by a wide variety of names, including soursop, brazilian pawpaw, and custard apple. Graviola is used to treat a wide variety of ailments, from arthritis through on-skin application, to relaxation through ingestion. Recent studies have evidenced that some of the chemicals present in graviola can act as cancer drug enhancements. This is due to a type of phytochemcial known as annonaceous acetogenins. Acetogenin compounds powerful combatants of cell reproduction. That means that, if correctly employed, graviola’s properties can succeed in halting the reproduction of harmful cancer cells. In fact, in laboratory studies, graviola was successful in killing certain types of liver and breast cancers that remain resistant to particular chemotherapy drugs. Finally, graviola contains high levels of B1 (thiamine), which is a potent stress reducer.
Although much about graviola remains to be discovered, it possesses great potential on the cancer curing forefront. Today, graviola stands as an alternative cancer treatment method.