Cancer and the Immune System
Cancer; malignant neoplasms that invade surrounding tissues through the abnormal, uncontrolled division of cells. Neoplasms are abnormal new growths that usually form into a distinct mass of tissue and has a different structure from normal tissue. Other terms for neoplasm are tumor, cyst, or lump. A tumor may be benign meaning harmless or malignant meaning harmful. Malignant tumors are also called carcinomas, sarcomas, blastomas or melanomas. These abnormal cells are regarded as antigens by the Immune System.
Antigens are molecules which the body recognizes are foreign and therefore dangerous. Antigens cause the Immune system to initiate an immune response. An immune response targets the foreign molecules and attempts to defeat its ability to destroy or gain control of any part of the body. Killing or inhibiting the growth of detremental molecules or microorganisms are the primary mechanisms employed by the Immune system. The Hypothalamus and Pineal Gland are considered the control centers of the immune system. The body's Adenoids, Appendix, Bone Marrow, Lymphatic System, Spleen, Thymus and Tonsils are considered the action centers . Each of these organs stores and/or produces special cells that either identify, attack or otherwise inhibit the activity of antigens.
Any strategy to prevent or combat cancer will involve the control center or action centers of the immune system and their by-products. The Hypothalamus is sometimes described as the body's "master gland". It is located in the brain and regulates the hormonal and chemical equilibrium of the body. The Hypothalamus exerts multiple functions of body control. The portions or aspects of the digestive, immune, nervous, and sexual systems receive control input from the Hypothalamus. Additionally, a neurotransmitter and hormone are secreted from the Hypothalamus. The Pineal gland, also resident in the brain, regulates the body's hormone balance, maintains the integrity of the immune system, and is involved in regulating life span.
Cancer can occur anywhere in the body but the body's response cancer is always an immune response. Make the formation of abnormal cells difficult by supporting your immune system, becoming aware of antioxidants and employing other cancer prevention techniques.
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