Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Understanding Cancer

Welcome back !

There are many different types of cancer and many people are
diagnosed with it each year. But what exactly is cancer and
what resources are there out there to help? Cancer is when
cells in the body start to grow out of control. There are
many different types of cancer but they all begin with these
abnormal cells.

For cancer, anyone can be a target. It comes to young or old
people, it comes to women and men, and it appears in every
part of the body. It damages the structure of the DNA and
the development of the affected cells, which grow out of
control and increase their number rapidly.

Cancer usually takes the form of a growth called a tumor.
But all tumors are not cancerous. Many are benign (non
cancerous). These tumors do no spread to other parts of the
body and they are not life-threatening except in very rare

Every type of cancer affects your body in a different way.
For example bone cancer, lung cancer and breast cancer react
differently to treatments and grow at very different rates.

Curing Cancer

Even though billions of dollars are spent yearly in cancer
treatment research, there is as yet no cure for cancer.
Every year new treatments appear but the healing rate is
still low. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with
cancer, you should talk to a specialist about treatments
available for your disease. He or she will help you to
choose the best treatment.

Your treatment will vary according to what type of cancer
you have and how far along it has progressed. You might also
want to know the side effects of the treatment. Some of
your treatment options are surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and
immunotherapy. There are pros and cons of every treatment
and other health conditions may also affect it.

The doctor is obliged to inform you upon all the aspects of
your treatment. Pay close attention to information about
side effects. Radiation or chemotherapy can cause major
discomfort and surgery, when possible, is not a guaranteed

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, work closely with
your doctor to decide which type of treatment is best for

Anna-Mae Bruit owns and operates Cancer Inc., a cancer resource site.
For more information, hop on over to:http://www.ridcancer.com

Monday, August 29, 2005

Efficient Running

Welcome back!

Running is a popular form of exercise in part due
to its simplicity and inexpensiveness. It requires nothing
but shoes comfortable to run in and some inexpensive
clothing. Also, it requires very little skill. Regular
running can provide you with increased cardiopulmonary
fitness, weight control, and an emotional lift during and
after your runs. Check the three biomechanical markers
listed below to make your running more pleasant and

1. Keep your knees in line: Your knees should track your
feet while you run. Neither feet nor knees should flare
to the sides when running. Improper alignment can cause
injury to ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. Trail-
running, while lower-impact than road running, can make
foot-knee alignment difficult; be extra vigilant if you
choose to run trails on a regular basis.

2. Stride length: The best stride length for you is one
that allows you to run smoothly. Many runners make the
mistake of over-extending their running strides. While
a longer stride is more efficient for speed, it may make
inroads into your endurance capacity. Choose a stride
length where you can comfortably run about three steps
per second and where you can minimize your impact with
the running surface as much as possible.

3. Upper body: Keep your arms and hands relaxed. Allow
them to swing freely as you run. Bend your arms at the
elbows. Your arms act as levers while running, and shorter
levers are moved more efficiently with less drain on your
endurance. Your trunk should be upright to keep your
center-of-gravity. . .centered!

These three items, when properly attended to, help you
to run faster, longer, and with less risk of injury.
Running should be fun. Pay attention to efficient
technique so yours stays that way!

F Running
founder Libby Laufterle invites you to visit
her one-stop running resource: