15 Cancer Warning Signs People Assume Aren’t Dangerous Until It’s Too Late

For those of us who are aware of a certain type of cancer in our family medical history, we take great pains to watch for those specific signs. We work with a trusted doctor to monitor our health, and help prevent it as much as possible.
Yet, many people don’t notice the signs of a cancer they weren’t expecting. It also doesn’t help that the cancer treatment industry only promotes public awareness for a handful of cancer types. That’s why it’s important to know as much as possible about what your body does when it starts to respond to cancer cells.
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Universal Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Every form of cancer comes with its own unique collection of signs and symptoms. It all depends on where the cancer cells are and how widespread they’ve become. However, there are certain symptoms that are common to many types of cancer, if not all.
Many of these are related to the way the human body responds to unwanted entities. Others are part of the effect that cancer cells can have on any region in the body. Take a look at some of the most general signs and symptoms that you’re fighting against cancer in your body.

1. Fatigue

Cancer cells sap your body’s energy supply. Fatigue is a natural result of your immune system’s response to fighting cancer cells. Some cancers also cause blood loss, producing the same effect. So, if you’re tired no matter how much you sleep, you should seek medical attention.

2. Weight loss

If you suddenly drop pounds without reason (no lifestyle or diet changes, and no medication changes), it could be a sign of cancer. According to The American Cancer Society, most cancer patients experience this unexplained weight loss at some point.

3. Fever

Fever can be associated with cancers of the immune system, but it also is a sign that any type of cancer is beginning to spread to other areas of the body.

4. Pain

Persistent pain in any one area of the body (for example, back pain or headaches) can be associated with certain types of cancer. While different areas are related to different types of cancer, any chronic pain should be looked into.

5. Skin changes

These aren’t just associated with skin cancers! Warning signs include finding darkened, yellowed, or reddened skin.

6. Unusual hair growth

Once again, this warning sign isn’t limited to skin cancers. What might be the biggest factor for cancer symptoms is a quick change in your body. If you notice something new, consult a doctor about it.

7. Changes in freckles or mole

Look out for a change in the color, size, or shape of your freckles and moles. Similar to other skin changes, you should consult a doctor when you notice anything different (especially if it’s also painful).

8. Indigestion

This might be one of the most misdiagnosed symptoms, since almost everyone experiences indigestion at some point. Nevertheless, it’s associated with cancers of the upper digestive tract. Look out for difficulty swallowing and stomach pain that doesn’t go away.

9. Lumps or thickening

If you notice a new lump, or an old one is changing in size, see your doctor about it. Many types of cancer are associated with growths and tumors that can be felt through the skin.

10. Bleeding

There are several forms of cancer that cause unexpected bleeding. The source depends on the cancer type. Signs include coughing up blood, finding blood in stool or urine, or noticing bloody discharge (from somewhere on your skin or mucosal tissue).

11. Sores

Sores are associated with a few types of cancer including skin cancers, oral cancer, and cancer affecting the genitals. If you notice the appearance of a sore anywhere on your body, you should seek your doctor about it.

12. Changes in your #1’s

If you need to take more trips to the bathroom than usual, or if you’re experiencing pain associated with urinating, it could be a sign of cancers affecting the bladder or prostate.

13. Changes in your #2’s

If you’re experiencing regular constipation or diarrhea, or if you have suddenly different stool size, it could be a sign of cancer in the lower digestive tract. The same goes if you experience pain.

14. Coughing

If you have a chronic cough or scratchy throat, it could be a warning of developing respiratory tract cancer, such as lung cancer or throat cancer. See your doctor when a cough doesn’t go away.

15. Unusual Lymph Nodes

We have multiple lymph nodes all over our bodies. Sometimes, they can feel swollen due to an infection. However, if you notice a lymph node that is uncomfortable, tender, or swollen for several weeks, you should consult your doctor about it.

Special Note

If you suspect that the symptoms you’re experiencing are signs of cancer, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. The sooner you identify and treat cancer, the greater chance you have of beating it before it spreads to other areas of the body (no matter what treatment method you and your doctor decide on).

What Happens When We Die? Here's What Buddhism Says!

The Buddha’s teachings offers the most satisfactory explanation of where man came from and where he is going. When we die, the mind, with all the tendencies, preferences, abilities and characteristics that have been developed and conditioned in this life, re-establishes itself in a new being. Thus the new individual grows  and develops a personality conditioned both by the mental characteristics that have been carried over from the previous life and by the new environment. The personality will change and be modified by conscious effort and conditioning factors like education, parental influence and society but once again at death, it will re-establish itself as life in a new being. This process of dying and being reborn will continue until the conditions that cause it, the mental factors of craving and ignorance, cease. When they do, instead of being reborn, the mind attains a state called Nirvana.

How does the mind go from one body to another?

When a person is dying, he begins to lose conscious control of his mental processes. There comes a time when his actions and habits locked away in his memories are released. In many instances, there arises in his mind a mental image. This image is totally involuntarily and is produced by his karma or past actions. Thus depending upon the nature of the particular karma that produces this image, the person may see dark shadowy figures, frightening images, or he may see his relatives or perhaps visions of scenic beauty. Quite often, he will cry out at these visions or remark about them to his visitors. Even though the physical body may be weak these thought units are very strong as death approaches. When the body finally breaks down at the point of death these energies are released as mental energy. As energy cannot be destroyed they have to re-establish themselves in a new body thus causing the phenomenon of rebirth.
Think of it being like radio waves which are not made up of words and music but energy at different frequencies, which are transmitted, travel instantaneously through space, are picked up by the receiver from where the radio produces them as words and music. It is the same with the mind. At death, mental energy travels through space, is picked up by the fertilized egg of the future mother, is reborn as a new being and manifests as a new personality.
Thus it is important that a dying person is comforted and reminded of his good deeds. He should not be made confused and visitors should not overtly grieve in his presence. Neither should unfamiliar ideas like a new religion be introduced to him. The Buddha advises that when one is fearful, he should recall to mind the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha.

Is one always reborn as a human being?

No, there are several realms into which one can be reborn. Some people are reborn in heavenly planes, some are reborn in hell planes, some may be reborn as ghosts and as animals. Heaven is not a place but a state of existence where one has a subtle body and where the mind experiences mainly pleasure. Some religions strive very hard to be reborn in a heavenly existence mistakenly believing it to be a permanent state. But it is not. Like all conditioned states, heaven is impermanent and when one’s life span there is finished, one could well be reborn again as a human. Hell, likewise, is not a place but a state of existence where one has a subtle body and where the mind experiences mainly anxiety and distress. Being a ghost, again, is a state of existence where the body is subtle and where the mind is continually plagued by longing and dissatisfaction. So heavenly beings experience mainly pleasure, hell beings and ghosts experience mainly pain and human beings experience usually a mixture of both. So the main difference between the human realm and other realms is the body type and the quality of experience.
“Those who imagine evil where there is none, and do not see evil where it is — upholding false views, they go to states of woe. Those who discern the wrong as wrong and the right as right — upholding right views, they go to realms of bliss. ~ Dhammapada 318, 319”

What decides where we will be reborn?

The most important factor, but not the only one, influencing where we will be reborn and what sort of life we shall have, is karma. The word karma means ‘action’ and refers to our intentional mental actions. In other words, what we are is determined very much by how we have thought and acted in the past. Likewise, how we think and act now will influence how we will be in the future. Just as radio waves will be picked up by a radio tuned to its particular frequency, the mental energies released at the time of death will naturally be re-established in a new material body that most suits it. Thus, the gentle, loving type of person shall be reborn in a heavenly realm or as a human being in a comfortable environment. The anxious, worried or extremely cruel type of person is reborn in a hell realm, or as an animal, or as a human being born in extremely difficult environment.
Not only is there scientific evidence to support the phenomena of rebirth, it is the only after-life theory that has any evidence to support it. During the last 30 years parapsychologists have been studying reports that some people have vivid memories of their former lives. Professor Ian Stevenson of the University of Virginia’s Department of Psychology has described dozens of cases of this type in his books. He is an accredited scientist whose 25 year study of people who remember former lives is very strong evidence for rebirth

All You Need To Know About Buddhism

A Brief History of Buddhism

To understand Buddhism, you have to first understand the man behind one of the world’s most popular religions.
Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha, was born a wealthy prince in India sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE.
Protected from the outside world, Siddhartha became increasingly interested in what life was like beyond the security of the palace walls.
Eventually, after sneaking to the outside world, he came to learn that all people must eventually die (talk about a sheltered life!), a truth that shook him to his core.
He saw the progressive stages of birth, youth, old-age, and eventual death; a cycle that seemed horrible and full of suffering.
Siddhartha became determined to break the cycle.

The Middle Path
Leaving his family and the throne of his kingdom, he vowed to wander the countryside until he found enlightenment.
Undertaking difficult austerities for years, he nearly killed himself trying to understand the nature of reality.
However, this attempt eventually proved to be too extreme.
Undaunted, he decided to change his philosophy, and began to follow what he called the “middle path”- the mid-point between opposite extremes.
He ate normally, found shelter and clothes, but continued his diligent practice of meditation.
Eventually, this led to a deeper spiritual awareness than he ever experienced before.
This continued until one day, he vowed to sit beneath a banyan tree until he found enlightenment.
After 7 days, that’s exactly what happened.
Siddhartha had transformed himself into “Buddha”- the enlightened one- a being that had finally broken the chains of suffering and reincarnation.

The Four Noble Truths

After Siddhartha became the Buddha, he began travelling India spreading the teachings of enlightenment.
The foundation of these teachings became known as the Four Noble Truths.
In the Four Noble Truths, Buddha taught:
1. Everything in life revolves around suffering. Because of the cycle of birth and death (reincarnation) not even death will alleviate suffering.
2. Desire and attachment are the root cause of suffering, which is a reflection of our spiritual ignorance.
3. When a person overcomes suffering and attachment, they enter enlightenment and suffering ends.
4. Ending desire and attachment is an eightfold path:
  • Right understanding
  • Right purpose
  • Right speech
  • Right conduct
  • Right livelihood
  • Right effort
  • Right alertness
  • Right concentration

Moral Guidelines

Buddha also taught that each person should abide by basic moral precepts for both lay members and monastics:
  • Not to kill.
  • Not to steal.
  • Not to act in an unchaste manner.
  • Not to speak falsely.
  • Not to take intoxicants.
  • Not to eat at times not appointed.
  • Not to view entertainments deemed as “secular.”
  • Not to wear perfumes or bodily ornaments.
  • Not to sleep in beds that are too high or too wide (too much comfort).
  • Not to accept money.

Teachings for the Ages

Buddhism was founded on the idea that everyone- not just a specific caste or group of people- can achieve spiritual enlightenment.
Buddha’s teachings empowered an entire culture to take their spiritual path into their own hands, letting go of rigid Vedic rites and rituals.
Unlike almost every religion in the world, Buddha’s teachings spread throughout the east without war or death.
This has led many people to say Buddhism is the most peaceful religion in the world!

What Did You See First? Your Answer Determines What Type Of Person You Are

These certain kinds of tests are able to determine just what kind of personality type you really are. It's able to judge your decision making on whether you see the back of a young woman's head, or the face of an elderly man.
Deciding which one you saw first can determine just what kind of personality you have, based on what each picture means.
There are a variety of these optical illusion tests that challenge everyones' brains to look at things a different way. There is usually more than one perspective when we are looking at things. It's an important lesson that we must learn to never accept things the way they actually are. So, which one did you see first?

The Young Woman

If you were one of the people who saw the back of the young woman's head, then you are considered to be a very optimistic person. You usually look for the best in everything and everyone. It's hard for you to flip the switch and see things negatively.
There will always be a bright side to you. However, there are times where you prove to be a little bit too impulsive for your own good. That impulsiveness can either be a wonderful tool for being adventurous, or one for getting yourself into too much trouble. Either way, people look to you for happiness, someone who is endlessly filled with joy as you go about your daily routine.

The Elderly Man

If you were able to see the elderly man in the picture first, this tells that you are a person who exudes loyalty as well as empathy. You are someone who understands the world for what it is and you know just what to say to people to calm them down.
You are the person others look to when they need guidance or wisdom. There isn't much about the world that you don't already know about. You accept things for the way they are and like to provoke new ideals into peoples heads. Critical thinking is one of your better traits, which makes you an awesome person when it comes to problem solving. However, you do your very best for everyone and prefer that everyone else does the same for each other.
Do these sound like the traits that best describe your personality? The young woman suggests a much more innocent being compared to the old man, who has a lot of experience to boast about to his friends and family. Either way, the two personality types have really good qualities to have.

10 Reasons Why Cell Phones are Bad for Your Health

Cell phones have revolutionized communication in the 21st century, and their use has seen a rapid increase in recent years.
As of January 2014, 90 percent of American adults owned a cell phone, 32 percent owned an e-reader and 42 percent owned a tablet computer, according to a Pew Internet & American Life Project Survey. The data itself highlights the popularity of mobile devices.
People are seen constantly checking their devices for messages, alerts or calls, even when the device isn’t ringing or vibrating
This addiction to cell phones is unknowingly destroying your health. Long-term exposure to electromagnetic radiation from cell phones hampers your health in many ways.
In fact, various studies have highlighted the negative side of cell phones.
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Here are the 10 reasons why cell phones are bad for your health:

1. Hinders Sleep

Using a mobile phone at night can hinder your sleep. The light emanating from mobile phones affects the circadian rhythm of your body and prompts production of hormones that promote alertness.
Moreover, if you keep your phone by your bed, there is a high chance of getting awakened in the middle of the night due to mobile rings and vibrations.
According to a 2011 study published in BMC Public, sleep disorders as well as stress and symptoms of depression were associated with high mobile phone usage. In this study, young adults (20 to 24 years old) were studied over the course of 1 year.
Another 2015 study published in Pediatrics found that sleeping near a small screen, sleeping with a TV in the room and more screen time were associated with shorter sleep durations.
Moreover, a 2014 study published in the Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure reports that children absorb more microwave radiation than adults. Hence, parents should be strict about how long their children are using mobile phones.
Avoid using mobile phones at night to enjoy sound sleep.
Remember that sleeplessness and sleep disorders are a direct cause of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, high levels of bad cholesterol, high triglyceride levels and excessive belly fat.

2. Spreads Infections

If you use your phone in the restroom, hospital, market or other public places, there is a high chance that your device is highly contaminated.
In a 2011 study conducted at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London, researchers measured about 400 cell phones for levels of bacteria. Shockingly, 92 percent of the phones had bacteria on them.
A 2009 study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection found mobile communication devices as potential reservoirs of nosocomial pathogens. Nosocomial pathogens are pathogens acquired in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
Even a 2013 study published in the Journal of Perinatology reports that bacterial contamination of cell phones may serve as vectors for nosocomial infection in the neonatal intensive care unit.
The transmission of bacteria from cell phones to hands may not be eliminated using antimicrobial gels.
Another study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery in 2015 found orthopedic surgeons’ cell phones to be a potential source of nosocomial infection in the operating room and recommended cell phone cleaning more frequently than once a week.
So, disinfecting your cell phone is always a good idea to prevent the spread of germs to yourself or others.

3. Raises Heart Problems

Radiation from cell phones is not good for your heart health. The electromagnetic energy emitted by cell phones causes oxidation and weakens cell membranes.
Radiation emitted by cordless phones, including mobiles, causes heart irregularities, according to a 2010 study published in the European Journal of Oncology.
A 2012 study published in the Annals of Medical & Health Sciences Research reports that electromagnetic energy radiated from mobile phones is harmful for people with ischemic heart disease as it alters electrocardiographic activity.
A recent 2013 study by the American Society for Hypertension shows that cell phone use causes high blood pressure.
Looking at the negative impacts on your heart health, avoid keeping your cell phone in the front pocket of your shirt. People with a pacemaker should strictly follow this rule.

4. Affects Reproductive Health

Cell phone radiation also has a negative effect on reproductive health, especially in men. The harmful radiation emitted by cell phones can lead to slower or damaged sperm and decreased sperm concentration.
A 2007 study published in Reproductive Biomedicine Online suggested that excessive cell phone use plays a role in male infertility.
Another 2007 study published in the Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine analyzed the effect of GSM equipment on the semen.
Researchers concluded that an increase in the percentage of sperm cells of abnormal morphology is associated with the duration of exposure to the harmful waves emitted by the phone.
Later, a 2008 study published in Fertility and Sterility reported that high cell phone use was directly and significantly associated with a low sperm count and overall infertility in men.
Cell phones decrease the semen quality by decreasing the sperm count, motility, viability and normal morphology.

5. Increases Stress

If you have the habit of checking your mobile phone every few minutes, it can be the reason behind your increasing stress level. Plus, the constant ringing, vibrating alerts and reminders can lead to more stress.
A 2011 study published in BMC Public Health reports that extensive use of mobile phones has a direct connection to stress levels. It can also cause sleep disturbances and symptoms of depression.
Stress itself is not good for your health in many ways. Apart from stress, excessive cell phone use can be a risk factor for mental health issues in young adults.
A study published in Computers in Human Behavior in 2016 found that use of technologies for escapism is related to higher depression and anxiety scores. However, those who use technologies to avoid being bored do not suffer from negative mental health.

6. Impairs Hearing

The harmful radiation emitted by cell phones can damage the delicate tissues of the inner ears. It can lead to high-frequency hearing loss.
A 2006 study published in Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine shows that a higher degree of hearing loss is associated with long-term exposure to electromagnetic fields generated by cell phones.
A more recent 2014 study published in the Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery shows that the use of mobile phones predisposes a person to hearing loss in the dominant ear (the ear that is most often used with the mobile phone).
If while using a cell phone you notice symptoms like ear warmth, ear fullness and ringing in the ears (tinnitus), you need to consider these sensations as early warning signs of an auditory abnormality.

7. Causes Poor Vision

The eyes are particularly vulnerable to heating effects from radio waves emitted from mobile phones.
Plus, over exposure to the blue-violet light emitted from your mobile screen has the potential to put you at greater risk of macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.
As the mobile screens are smaller than computer screens, you are more likely to squint and strain your eyes while reading messages.
It is human tendency to bring the device closer to your eyes and not blink enough while texting or reading texts. These habits strain your eyes.
In a 2010 study carried out at Charotar University of Science and Technology, scientists studied the impact of electromagnetic waves on human eyes and concluded that excessive use of mobile devices can lead to early cataracts. It can also affect the retinas, corneas and other ocular systems of the eyes.
To protect your vision, you must get your eyes tested regularly and take regular breaks from your handheld device.

8. Leads to Spinal Misalignment and Pain

It’s common for users to constantly tilt downward to look at their phones. This is really bad your spine as well as your posture.
If you have the habit of holding your mobile phone between your neck and shoulders as you multitask, it can put a strain on your neck and back.
This can lead to neck and back pain, ranging from a chronic, nagging pain to sharp and even severe upper back muscle spasms.
As cell phones employ constant use of your hands, especially your thumbs when typing text messages and emails, it can cause tendonitis or inflammation. This can be a reason behind aching, cramping and throbbing pain in the area.
If the problem is not taken care of, it can lead to osteoarthritis of the thumb over time.

9. Increases Accident Risk

Many objects and activities can pose visual, manual and mental distractions while driving a vehicle and the use of a cell phone is one of them.
A 2008 report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety states that any cell phone use roughly quadruples crash risk. Cell phones can easily divert drivers’ attention, thus increasing the risk of a crash.
Another 2013 study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that crash culpability is significantly associated with cell phone use by drivers, increasing the odds of a culpable crash by 70 percent when compared with drivers who did not use a cell phone.
Drivers should not use a cell phone (handheld or hands-free) while behind the wheel. 

10. Increases Brain Cancer Risk

As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO), mobile phones emit radiofrequency energy (radio waves). This form of non-ionizing radiation works as a possible carcinogenic.
The radiation generated by cell phones triggers heating of the brain tissue, which your brain absorbs. This increases the risk of brain cancer.
A 2013 study published in the International Journal of Oncology establishes the association between malignant brain tumors diagnosed between 2007 and 2009 and mobile and cordless phone use.
A more recent 2015 study published in Pathophysiology confirms that use of mobile or cordless phones increases the risk of brain cancer.
However, the risk is highest among people who have been using mobile phones for more than 20 to 25 years.
Tips to Protect Yourself from Harmful Radiation of Cell Phones
  • Instead of holding your phone up to your ear, use the speaker when talking to someone.
  • Keep cell phone conversations and leisurely talks to a minimum. For longer conversations, use a landline.
  • Never ditch the landline. It is much safer than your mobile phone.
  • If possible, talk less over cells phones and text messages. However, when texting is necessary, sit straight and keep the device at a distance.
  • When you are in a remote area or you are traveling, limit your cell phone use.
  • Avoid using your phone in an elevator.
  • Keep your phone as far away as you can when you go to bed at night.
  • Put your cell phone in airplane mode whenever you can.
  • Do not use your cell phone while it is charging.
  • If possible, look for radiation blocking or EMF protective clothing options that are readily available online.

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