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Pre-cancers – Types, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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Pre-cancers is a term used to describe a group of cells that are abnormal and have a high risk of turning into cancerous cells. There are a lot of pre-cancerous conditions today.

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Note that pre-cancer cells can be found in any part of the body. They can be present in the bronchi, breasts, cervix, colon, skin, blood, and so on.

Some of them are even lesions (premalignant lesions) with a high risk of turning into cancer cells.  Examples of common pre—cancerous conditions we have today are actinic keratosis, colon polyps (can progress into colon cancer), cervical dysplasia, monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance that can lead to cervical dysplasia.

This condition can develop into cervical cancer.  There are several grades of pre-cancers.

We have pre-cancerous lesions that can develop from benign neoplasias (tumors that do not invade normal tissues and they do not spread to organs) to dysplasia (these are collections of abnormal cells which have a high risk of turning into anaplasia and invasive cancers).

Pre-cancers are also called “carcinoma in situ”. These are non-invasive cancers that have not become aggressive or invasive. Your nutrition and lifestyle will determine if carcinoma in situ will progress to invasive disease.

Pre-cancerous conditions and lesions affect a lot of organ systems. These include the colon, mouth, skin, and the hematological system. Genetic conditions can predispose one to the development of cancers.

Examples are hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancers, this is a precancerous condition and individuals with this have a higher risk of having cancers in certain organs.

Signs and Symptoms of Pre-Cancers

The signs and symptoms of pre-cancerous conditions are different and this depends on the organ affected. In some cases, individuals with pre-cancerous conditions might not experience any symptom.

Precancerous conditions of the mouth and skin can appear as painless and visible lesions. They do not cause any discomfort. Precancerous conditions of the hematological system do not show any symptoms at all.

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Monoclonal gammopathy cause numbness and tingling in the hands and feet in rare cases. It can also cause balance problems.

Causes of Pre-Cancers

The same risk factors that pre-dispose one to specific cancers are the same for precancerous conditions. Your lifestyle and diet play great roles in the development of cancers.

They determine whether you come down with cancers or not. If your diet and lifestyle are wrong, you can get cancers even if you don’t have pre-cancers.

A healthy diet and lifestyle are your surest security measures against cancers.

Some common forms of Pre-Cancers

Colon Polyps

Polyps are precancerous growths on the walls of your colon. These can lead to colorectal cancer if you don’t act fast. Many opt for surgeries in order to remove them but a right diet can make sure that these never turn cancerous.

A good diet, especially plant-base diet will make your body alkaline and no cancer or pre-cancers can thrive in this condition. Removing them surgically won’t solve the root cause.

If your diet is still unhealthy, and your body acidic, more polyps will form, even after the surgery.

Cutaneous horns

These are growths that extend outward and resemble a horn. They have a high risk of turning into cancer cells. Those prone to these are fair skinned and elderly people.

Acitinic chelitis

This is characterized by the appearance of dry and scaly patches on your lips. Affected individuals will have continuously chapped and cracked lips with small dry patches.

The lips might also swell and there might be more defined lines. Uncomfortable changes in your lips should be discussed with a health professional.

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Moles

These are classified as common precancerous lesions. Most of them are benign skin growths but they can develop into cancer over time. Moles can change in colour, they can have uneven border, and even increase in size.

If this is happening to you right now, you should see a naturopath or a doctor. The more moles you have, the higher your risks of cancer. This simply means that one or more moles can become cancerous. Inspect your moles daily for changes so you are not taken unaware.

Acitinic keratosis

This is the most common precancerous lesion. They appear most in people who use sunscreens and other dangerous chemicals on their bodies.

These lesions are similar to a wart and they can be red in color or flesh coloured area that looks scaly. The surface of these lesions might feel dry and rough.

Most times people don’t notice the bumps until they feel the scale. Stats show that 5% of acitinic keratosis lesions turn into cancer (squamous cell carcinoma).

Yeast infection

This is another form of pre-cancer and it can be diagnosed by doing a pap test. A tissue biopsy can also be used to check for the presence of abnormal cells.

Conventional ways Pre-cancers are treated

Pre-cancers are handled by surgery, freezing (cryosurgery), laser surgery or electrical currents, excision, etc. the type of method used depends on the type of precancerous lesions you have.

A biopsy of the lesions would be done first to determine if the cells are precancerous or not. And of the cells have turned on cancer, more aggressive methods of treatment would be used such as radiation or chemotherapy.

Natural ways of handling pre-cancers

In natural healing, your overall state of health depends on your lifestyle or nutrition. Pre-cancers can only happen in a body that is toxic or acidic. Unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle can cause this.

When you have pre-cancers, the best thing you have to do is to change your lifestyle and diet to that of a healthy one, and those pre-cancerous cells would become normal again or the body would destroy them.

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Modern medicine is using surgery and other expensive method to handle a case of toxicity and acidity. These methods don’t offer a lasting solution and they have unbearable side effects.

In the case of colon polyps, the precancerous cells are removed surgically but this does not handle the root cause. Most people who undergo this surgery and refuse to change their diet and lifestyle would still have to undergo another surgery.

Toxins accumulate in the colon a lot. Health expert agree that “Death starts in the colon”. Detoxification, a healthy diet, and an active lifestyle can reverse precancerous conditions in the colon or ensure that those cells never turn into cancer cells.

This is the best way to handle this condition. The result is long lasting and there are no adverse side effects. Instead, you will have an overall improvement in your general health.

How an active lifestyle helps treat pre-cancer

Physical activity helps you detoxify. When you are sedentary, toxins will accumulate in your body. Accumulation of toxins make your cells change and become abnormal. This is when “pre-cancer” sets in.

Make it a point of duty to walk at least one hour daily. You don’t have to kill yourself in the gym. Nature loves simplicity. This simple act of walking will clean your body of toxins and improve your overall health.

How nutrition prevents pre-cancer

Nutrients prevent pre-cancer in two main ways. They detoxify your body and make your body alkaline. We have already established how toxins cause pre-cancers.

Now let’s move to acidity. The original state of your body is alkaline. Toxins, wrong diet, and unhealthy ways of living turn this from alkaline to acidic.

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Healthy cells turn cancerous in an acidic environment. No disease can thrive in an alkaline environment. The best way to make your body alkaline is to eliminate unhealthy foods from your diet and start eating healthy.

Alkaline Foods in nature

Whole plant-based foods are alkaline in nature. This simply means that you should increase your intake of fruits, green vegetables, and other natural foods that grow in your environment.

Fast foods, junks, and highly processed foods won’t do this for you. You have to get rid of these foods if you don’t want to have cancer. Also, you should take in these plant-based foods whole, no part should be thrown away.

This means juicing is discouraged because you tend to throw other important nutrients away like fiber. And fiber is extremely important in the body, especially in the cases of pile and colon cancer.

Fiber also detoxifies. White flour is not healthy because all the fibers have been thrown away and the flour bleached. You are just left with carbohydrates which will cause a spike in the levels of glucose in your body.

How best to take your green leafy vegetables

Green leafy vegetables are loaded with thousands of nutrients our bodies need. These include vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes and phytochemicals.

Just few phytochemicals have been discovered, there are lot more yet to be known. All these goodies are packed in the plant cells and surrounded by cellulose, one of the toughest substances in the world.

This cellulose has to be broken down before you can get access to all these wonderful nutrients in the green veggies. This is the reason why you see ruminant animals regurgitating and re-chewing their meal.

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They are simply trying to break down the cellulose. We humans don’t have that capability and our stomach acid is not even that strong to break it down due to our modern diet.

A strong blender/grinder will help you break down cellulose. You simply wash and slice your green leaves and put them in the blender. Blend them until you get a very smooth consistency.

Then you pour it in a cup and drink. Do not sieve. In this way, your body can access all the goodies in that green vegetable and none of them would be lost via heat.

Cooking vegetables is better than not taking any at all but to be frank, heat destroys some of the nutrients in these vegetables. So they have to be taken raw if you want to benefit greatly from it.

You can make it a point of duty to take at least a glass of green smoothie daily, then you can gradually build up from here. You should also use a variety of green vegetables. Don’t just stick to one vegetable.

You can also add fruits to your green smoothies, this will help to improve the taste. You can go online and look for recipes you would love. However, don’t add sugar or unnatural sweeteners, they are dangerous.

Opt for natural sweeteners like date powder, stevia, honey, etc. do not forget that refined sugar and other forms of artificial sweeteners feed cancer cells.

You can also blend a mixture of fruits this way and blend. Drink this without sieving. This would help you to take them whole and not discard any part (nutrient) away.

Green smoothies and fruit smoothies in addition to healthy nutrition will help detoxify toxins and make your body alkaline. They can even help eliminate worms and parasites from your body.

Dehydration, not good for healthy cells

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Dehydration occurs when your intake of water in less than your loss of water. It also happens when you don’t take in enough water. In taking in sufficient amount of water, you have to listen to your body.

In natural healing, one size does not fit all. Everybody is different. Everyone has their own biochemistry, genes, and biological makeup. Your body would tell you the right amount of water it needs and when it needs it.

The body uses water to eliminate toxins through sweat and urine. Lack of sufficient water will affect this process and toxins would start accumulating.

In this state, your healthy cells can start changing and take up an abnormal form. Make it a point of duty to drink enough clean water daily. Your water should be free of deadly chemicals like chlorine, fluoride, BPA, and many others.

Also, you should note that taking in energy drinks, sodas, processed fruit juices, and other commercial drinks is not hydration.

Rather, you are dehydrating your body because your body would have to use its own store of water to digest these drinks and eliminate those dangerous chemicals not needed by the body.

Ensure you keep dehydration at bay so that your body can keep eliminating toxins for you. Proper hydration would protect your healthy cells from toxins.

Water also ensures that your kidneys remain healthy. Dehydration puts your kidneys and other vital organs including your brain under pressure. This would affect your overall health.

Major signs of dehydration are thirsts, headaches, dry lips, soured mouth, bad breath, and so on. Do not wait until you get thirsty before you drink water, by then you are already 2% dehydrated.

Always have a can of water with you that you can sip always. As you get older, you also lose your thirst triggers. So don’t wait until you are thirsty and also remember to listen to your body.

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Make healthy living and eating your daily lifestyle and you would be able to keep cancer in check. Your best defenses against cancer are healthy lifestyle and nutrition.

From what I have written above, you can get a clue that there is nothing like “pre-cancer”. What we have here is a problem of toxicity or acidity. And by now, you know the right step to take.

Sources;

  1. Treatment of precancerous conditions WebMD
  2. What it means if you have pre-cancerous cells VWH
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Disclaimer: This article is purely informative & educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

Ebiojo David
I am a Biochemist and Naturopath, I love writing and educating people on health and wellness matters.
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