|What is the purpose of cancer?
Mar 21, 2003
what is the purpose of cancer?
Response from Dr. Dezube
I'm not sure there is a "purpose" of cancer. I doubt my cancer patients would believe that their cancer serves a purpose. Cancer is caused by many many different mechanisms, many of which are normal processes which go awry. Just as one example, as part of the theory of evolution, genes mutate as a means of keeping up with pressures that challenge our body. Some of these mutations may go awry and cause cancer. Many cancers are caused by viruses; whether there is a "purpose" in cancers caused by viruses remains to be seen. The most common preventable form of cancer are those caused by cigarette smoking (lung cancer, head and neck cancer, bladder cancer, and so on). They also serve no purpose, as far as I can tell. Tossing out the cigarettes is the single best way to decrease the chance of getting cancer.
No Meds; stress free living; is that the answer to HIV?
MRI vs CT- Which is better?
- Yeast Infection After Vaginosis
- Will Chlamydia Cause An Abnormal Pap Smear?
- Why Am I Getting Herpes Outbreaks Every Few Weeks?
- When You Get The Shingles Vaccine Can You Still Get An Outbreak?
- What Will Happen If You Have Herpes And Don't Get Treatment?
- What Can You Put On Herpes Sore To Stop The Itch?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.