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not maintain a healthy lifestyle and not follow the
things that can help prevent cancer.
It's okay to feel lost and unsure. Trust me,
you are not alone. Unfortunately, there is no guide
to help us integrate back into everyday life. I would
suggest speaking to other cancer survivors and
joining a support group. You'll be surprised how
many people are going through the same thing as
you.
Ask yourself these questions:
Are you eating healthily?
Are you drinking enough water?
Do you exercise?
Are you surrounding yourself with the right
people?
Are you happy?
Do you have a positive mindset?
If you answered `no' to any of these questions, ask
yourself why, and what can be done to improve on
this.
Life is a journey, and things are constantly
changing, but it is our job to work on ways we can
get the best out of this journey. It's about the quali-
ty not the quantity. My number one tip is: believe in
yourself and take care of your health.
Listen to Charlotte Crowl here.
Charlotte's website: www.phtc.yardpr.com
G
ut
baCteria
,
inflammation
and
CanCer
Kirsten Chick
You have 10 times more bac-
teria and other microbes in
your body than human cells.
Your human cells are much
bigger, so you are still more
human than bacteria, but this
doesn't lessen the role they
play. In fact we have evolved
together with these microbes
since the very beginning.
Your health and indeed your happiness
is directly affected by the balance of your gut mi-
crobes. They are an integral part of of your immune
system, have roles in digestion and the production
of some nutrients, and even produce chemicals like
serotonin and dopamine that impact your mood
and behaviour.
Most of them live in your colon, but they are found
wherever you have inner or outer surfaces, nooks
and crannies. Their balance affects and is affected
by their environment, and is unique to each person.
Inflammation in your gut will create an imbalance
of gut microbes, and an imbalance (dysbiosis) will
contribute to inflammation.
Cancer links
There are a several studies linking an imbalance in
your gut microbes to colorectal cancer, largely due
to such inflammation. People with inflammatory
bowel disease are more likely to develop colorectal
cancer, and a 2009 study showed bacteria-induced
inflammation to be a significant factor, driving the
progression from non-cancerous adenoma to inva-
sive carcinoma.
Colorectal cancer has also been linked to higher
levels of the E. coli bacteria and a reduced diversity
of other types of gut bacteria.
Strong links have additionally been found
between saliva dysbiosis and oral cancer, and
bacterial imbalance in the stomach causing
inflammatory cascades that increase the risk of
stomach cancer.
However, what I find even more interesting
is the link between oral dysbiosis and pancreatic