Health: Capture My Body

While listening to a Damita Haddon soundtrack, the words “I give you my body” struck me with a bitter-sweet taste. Why? Because I love exercising but I also love some good tasting unhealthy food. We often use the church jargon , “the body is the temple of God” and refrain from what we think would contaminate the body. So we don’t drink, smoke, fornicate, adulterate BUT we eat junk. We mess up our body’s metabolism, we drink little water, eat little greens and then say aloud in our prayer, “GOD HERE I AM USE ME”.


What if God decided to send you on a missions trip in the amazon, where you have to trek for hours, then take a boat across the river to trek for more hours before you reach your destination? Oh but it does not end there. You then, immediately must get into action, declare the message and trek back out. What would be your situation if you do not take care of “Gods temple”. I speak to us both; We must pay attention to our bodies. They house our souls until we die.

This is not just for Christians but for all of mankind. Live has become so fast pace that we even live fast in food consumption. Yes, there are days where you can have a “cheat snack” as they call it but if you can go without it, even better. Live is a journey. Don’t cut yours short by living an unhealthy life. I recently started paying attention to my health for the very said reason I shared above. When I say God I give you my heart, my mind, my soul, my praise, my body, I must give it in the true sense of the word. Externally and internally. Health is a great factor to me where that is concern. How about you?



Health Talk: Anaemia

What is anaemia?

Anaemia is a condition that develops when your blood does not contain enough healthy red blood cells. These cells are the main transporters of oxygen to the organs in your body. Symptoms of anaemia – like fatigue – occur because your organs aren’t getting enough oxygen.


Anaemia is the most common blood condition in the UK. Women and people with chronic diseases are at increased risk of anaemia. Important factors to remember are:

  • Certain forms of anaemia are hereditary and infants may be affected from the time of birth.
  • Women in the childbearing years are particularly susceptible to a form of anaemia called iron-deficiency anaemia, because of the blood loss from menstruation and the increased blood supply demands during pregnancy.
  • The elderly may also have a greater risk of developing anaemia because of poordiet and other medical conditions.

There are many types of anaemia. All are very different in their causes and treatments. Iron-deficiency anaemia, the most common type, is easily treated with dietary changes and iron supplements. However, some types of anaemia may present lifelong health problems.

What causes anaemia?

There are more than 400 types of anaemia, which are divided into three groupings:

  • Anaemia caused by blood loss
  • Anaemia caused by decreased or faulty red blood cell production
  • Anaemia caused by excessive destruction of red blood cells

Anaemia caused by blood loss

Red blood cells can be lost through bleeding, which can occur slowly over a long period of time, and can often go undetected. This kind of chronic bleeding commonly results from the following:

  • gastrointestinal conditions such as ulcers, haemorrhoids (piles), gastritis (inflammation of the stomach) and cancer of the bowel.
  • use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as aspirin, diclofenac or ibuprofen
  • menstruation and childbirth in women, especially if menstrual bleeding is excessive and if there are multiple pregnancies

Anaemia caused by decreased or faulty red blood cell production

The body may produce too few blood cells or the blood cells may not work properly. In either case, anaemia can result. Red blood cells may be faulty or decreased due to abnormal red blood cells or a lack of minerals and vitamins needed for red blood cells to work properly. Conditions associated with these causes of anaemia include the following:

  • Sickle cell anaemia
  • Thalassaemia
  • Iron deficiency anaemia
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Bone marrow and stem cell problems
  • Other health conditions

Iron deficiency anaemia occurs because of a lack of the mineral iron in the body.  Bone marrow, found in the centre of the long bones in the body, needs iron to make haemoglobin, the part of the red blood cell that transports oxygen to the body’s organs. Without adequate iron, the body cannot produce enough haemoglobin for red blood cells. The result is iron deficiency anaemia. Iron deficiency anaemia can be caused by the following:

  • An iron-poor diet, especially in infants, children, teens and vegetarians
  • The metabolic demands of pregnancy and breastfeeding that deplete a woman’s iron stores
  • Menstruation
  • Frequent blood donation
  • Endurance training
  • Conditions affecting the bowel, such as Crohn’s disease or surgical removal of part of the stomach or small intestine
  • Certain drugs, foods, and caffeinated drinks.

More Information will be given on next Thursday with the continuation of Health Talk: Anaemia. 

Health: Get A Motivation.

Exercise; everyone talks about it but when it comes to doing it, the complaints flows more than the niagara falls. (lol) However, if you were to write down some motivation as to why you should exercise, maybe it would help. So here is a perfect example from Pink, Candy & Stilettos. Enjoy and then apply.

Let’s Get Physical!

little steps
Maintaining good physical and mental health is very important for all women.  We balance so much in our everyday lives, particularly those of us that are mothers.  In spite of the fact that most of us very strongly self-identify with the likes of Superwoman, truthfully, it is very difficult for us to take care of others when we do not first take care of ourselves.

My beautiful daughter, whom I am head over heels in love with and who I am certain loves me dearly, has a habit of pointing out one of my biggest flaws and insecurities.  After two children, like many moms, I still have the remnants of carrying my little people – a not-so-cute pooch in my tummy.  I’m well aware of the fact that I could probably have gotten rid of it by now, but, I have a bit of a motivation problem when it comes to exercise… I’m simply not motivated to do it.  More specifically, my problem is this: I’ve been thin pretty much all of my life and now that I am over 30 (don’t tell anyone) and two kids in… I actually have to work at being in shape and maintaining the figure that I desire.  Ugh not cool.  In my former life, I was a very active person.  These days, I find it hard to do much more than work, do chores and run after my children.

It is so easy to find an excuse as to why I don’t have the time to take care of me.  And just to be clear, it is not always a lame excuse, sometimes it’s just my reality. But, I’ve decided that this has to change.

I recently invested in an exercise video/program called Hip Hop Abs (Sidenote: this is NOT a review, I’m not being paid to write this post, I’m simply sharing my thoughts with you).  I used to dance a little, so, this is a fun way to get me moving again and doing something that I can enjoy and look forward to.  Did I mention that I don’t love traditional exercise? Oh… just making sure.  Miss Honeybun agreed to be my workout partner and we started the videos this past weekend.  I admit, it’s been really fun, but, I definitely still need to get my head into the game.

So, to find my motivation, I’ve considered the top 5 reasons that I need to commit to a regular exercise regiment.

#5 – It’s a fact that regular physical exercise can improve your current and future health in many ways.  I definitely want to be around for my family as long as possible.  I don’t want my time to be cut short for something as simple as lack of exercise.

#4 – In addition to making you healthier, regular exercise makes you look and feel better.  A body in motion tends to stay in motion right? LOL! After a good workout, I feel good and I feel good about myself… that’s definitely motivation.

#3 – My husband works out constantly and he’s looking so good that it’s starting to make me look lazy… oops, I mean bad.  He is completely devoted to his workout routine (in fact, this is part of the reason that I sometimes can’t find the time to workout… honestly – he usually works out early in the morning and the baby boy child cannot be told what time to wake up/stay asleep… someone has to be on duty).  It’s simply time for me to get on board.

#2 – I have too many great dresses and other pieces in my wardrobe that simply aren’t working well with the pooch.  It’s seriously time to face the challenge and get things under control.  I’m not being too hard on myself, because I recognize that this didn’t happen overnight.  However, I do recognize that things will never be “better next summer” if I don’t start doing something about it now.

#1 – I love my Honeybun and I’m a mom, so I do have thick skin, but sheesh… I’m a little tired of that girl talking about me.  I have got to get this under control and nip this thing in the bud.  I’ll definitely be better for it! ;-)

Just to be fair, I have to tell you that my baby writes me love notes every day and tells me that she loves me just the way I am (after having told me that I need to exercise).  Even still, I know that getting serious about my health is the right thing to do for all of us.  I hope everyone reading this will become serious about yours too!

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Health: Living with An Ovarian Cyst


You may have noticed that I would have post several blogs about Ovarian Cysts. The reason for this is that I am currently living with one along with polycystic ovaries. Both things I pray that women didn’t have to suffer. However with sin came all these things and we just have to learn to maneuver living with these unwanted elements. Although I should have been looking  into the matter earlier, lately I’ve decided to cleanse my body from spiritual to physical. This is where I placed emphasis on fitness and researching treatment without going under the knife. I would encourage any woman who is living with this mass that can be so painful and uncomfortable to start taking hold of it today. Do not wait like me although I made attempts when I just found out. The life of partying and having it didn’t mix and at the time I chose to party and drink alcohol which is a “NO” factor when dealing with cyst. The alcohol helps the mass to grow and become more grotesque. Below are the blogs I would have posted. My intention is to do a live documentary of dealing with the cyst using herbal treatments and share it with you. We will be moving on to other diseases but look out for the documentary. In the interim, do whatever you can to treat yourself better, all in aid of getting rid of it. Research and WISELY apply methods. Consult your physician first before you administering anything you are not sure of into your system. Refrain from chicken, dairy products, alcohol, smoking and eat more legumes, greens and vegetables.

List of Ovarian Cyst Post

Health: Ovarian Cyst- Part 1

Health: Ovarian Cysts – Diagnosis and Treatment

Health: Natural Ways To Treat Ovarian Cysts


Health Talk: Natural Ways To Treat Ovarian Cysts

RECAP: Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled growths in a woman’s ovaries. This may happen in just one or both of the ovaries. Usually ovarian cysts are harmless and often go away on their own. Sometimes though ovarian cysts can grow so much they rupture, or cause damage to the ovary. They may grow so much they cause displacement of the reproductive organs or twist themselves. Damage from a ruptured ovarian cyst may cause scar tissue build-up, and/or the formation of adhesion, attaching the ovary to other parts of the internal body.

Ovarian cysts are most common in women of childbearing years, but can rarely develop in postmenopausal women. A woman’s ovaries are about the size and shape of an almond. It is amazing that something so small and delicate can hold thousands of eggs at birth. It is also quite amazing that something so small can develop a cyst. In fact ovarian cysts can become quite large over time. Thankfully there are natural remedies that can help your body to rid itself of the cysts naturally and without surgery.


Medical Options for Ovarian Cyst Treatment

The number one medical treatment for functional ovarian cysts is to prescribe birth control pills. This prevents ovulation, therefore the formation of functional ovarian cysts cannot happen. This presents a problem though, one it prevents pregnancy, and two may cause long-term hormonal imbalance, and three, it does not solve the root of the cause.

If an ovarian cyst becomes too large or is considered to be at a higher risk for rupture, is a complex cyst, or has twisted or become adhered to other parts of the internal body, a doctor may choose to remove it surgically. Your doctor will be able to help you to determine your best options.

How to Help Ovarian Cysts Naturally…

Step One: Reduce Estrogen

Excess estrogen in one of the main culprits to causing hormonal imbalance which then causes disordered ovulation. One of the best ways to rid the body of excess estrogens is to stop exposing yourself to xenohormones and taking a supplement called DIM.

Avoid exposure to estrogens and xenoestrogens

  • Stop eating soy foods
  • Eat only organic meats and dairy
  • Do not microwave foods in plastic
  • Stop drinking water from plastic bottles
  • Avoid mineral oil and perabens in skin care products
  • Use natural detergents.

DIM: DIM helps to clear the body of these excess estrogens, aiding in hormonal balance and reducing the promotion of cyst growth. DIM should be taken daily for at least three months along with lifestyle changes which include avoiding xenoestrogens found in products, foods and the environment.

Step Two: Increase progesterone and balance hormones

Natural Progesterone: When there is excess estrogen in the body, there is usually also progesterone deficiency. Balancing your estrogen and progesterone levels by using natural progesterone will help reduce the ovarian cysts and reduce the chances of them occurring in the future. Use of natural progesterone cream helps to increase progesterone levels.

Dr. John Lee recommends natural progesterone as one of the best treatments for ovarian cysts. One of the ways to use natural progesterone is to “trick” the body into thinking it is pregnant. By taking natural progesterone from days 10-26 of the cycle the body thinks it is pregnant and stops ovulating. If no ovulation occurs, no follicle occurs and no ovarian cysts can be created.

This is a short term treatment and is best done in conjunction with the other supportive supplements to help prevent them from coming back and to help the body remove the cysts so you can begin trying to conceive. Remember, while you are following this treatment you will not be ovulating, so you will not be able to get pregnant while you are following Dr. Lee’s protocol. If you would like to learn more about how Dr. John Lee treats ovarian cysts with natural progesterone cream, please consider purchasing his book on natural progesterone at his website.

Supportive Herbs for Ovarian Cysts

Now that the symptom is covered let’s look at balancing the body so we can help prevent future cysts. Consider an herbal program for preventing ovarian cysts from forming in the first place.

We like to use herbs to help nourish the endocrine system, promote hormonal balance, regular ovulation, and promote proper circulation to the reproductive organs. Also consider herbs that are detoxifying to the liver for improved hormonal balance. Ovarian cysts are a considered a state of stagnation in the body, both in the liver and circulation to the reproductive organs. The herbs below have been found supportive for supporting proper menstrual cycles, reduction in ovarian pain, increased circulation to the reproductive organs and supportive of liver function.

Maca root(Lepidium meyenii)

        : Maca is a great fertility herb that helps the body produce progesterone and balance hormones without containing any hormones itself. I also believe that

maca helps natural progesterone to work better by nourishing the endocrine system

      . Maca should be taken daily, 2,000-3,000mg.

Black Cohosh root (Actaea racemosa): Promotes regulation of the entire menstrual cycle. Black cohosh is excellent for relieving ovarian pain.

Dong Quai root (Angelica sinensis): Aids in hormonal balance. Dong Quai is specific for congestive fertility states. Supports healthy circulation to the reproductive organs. Reduction in pain associated with reproductive organs.

Milk Thistle seed (Silybum marianum): Supports hormonal balance. Milk thistle is one of the best plants for liver health. Liver health is vital for hormonal balance. The liver helps to filter toxins from the body, including excess hormones.

Tribulus, aerial parts and fruit (Tribulus terrestris): Tribulus has been found to normalize ovulation when used prior to ovulation. One study performed on 36 women who were not ovulating, showed that that 67% realized normal ovulation after only 2-3 months of consistent use. Tribulus has also been found to be a nourishing tonic for the female reproductive system as a whole, especially concerning the ovaries.

Vitex, Chaste tree berry (Vitex agnus-castus): Vitex aids in regulating hormonal balance, promotes ovulation, improves timing of the menstrual cycle.

Wild Yam root (Dioscorea villosa): Wild Yam promotes a healthy menstrual cycle, reduces ovarian pain.

Yarrow aerial parts (Achillea millefolium): Yarrow relieves pelvic congestion, improves the entire menstrual cycle timing.

Learn about other herbs supportive for fertility here…

Step Three: Dissolve and Reduce Cysts

There are two natural therapies that have been used time and time again to help the body break down the cysts, reduce their size and may help them to disappear all together.

Fertility Enzyme Therapy: Systemic enzymes contain a special enzyme that breakdown tissues in the body that are not supposed to be there. It also eats away at the cysts reducing their size or eliminating them over time. With ovarian cysts it is important to also make sure you are reducing the estrogen coming in your body and actively getting rid of excess estrogens; this can be done with the estrogen metabolizer DIM and progesterone.

Castor Oil Pack: Castor Oil Packs are an ancient therapy that helps to cleanse and heal the body where they are placed. The castor oil has a drawing power the clears the body of excess tissues and toxins. Castor oil packs stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory system. The lymphatic system removes toxins and waste from the area stimulated by the castor oil pack. The promotion of circulation by the castor oil pack will also bring in fresh oxygenated, nutrient rich blood to the reproductive organs, including the ovaries. This is vital to reducing and dissolving ovarian cysts. Do not use during menstruation.

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Health Talk – Ovarian Cyst: Diagnosis and Treatment


How do doctors diagnose ovarian cysts and tumors?

The obstetrician/gynecologist or your regular doctor may feel a lump while doing a routine pelvic exam. Most ovarian growths are benign. But a small number can be cancerous. That’s why it’s important to have any growths checked. Postmenopausal women in particular should get examined. That’s because they face a higher risk of ovarian cancer.

Tests that look for ovarian cysts or tumors include:

  • Ultrasound. This test uses sound waves to create an image of the ovaries. The image helps the doctor determine the size and location of the cyst or tumor.
  • Other imaging tests. Computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging(MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET) are highly detailed imaging scans. The doctor can use them to find ovarian tumors and see whether and how far they have spread.
  • Hormone levels. The doctor may take a blood test to check levels of several hormones. These include luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), estradiol, and testosterone.
  • Laparoscopy. This is a surgical procedure used to treat ovarian cysts. It uses a thin, light-tipped device inserted into your abdomen. During this surgery, the surgeon can find cysts or tumors and may remove a small piece of tissue (biopsy) to test for cancer.
  • CA-125. If the doctor thinks the growth may be cancerous, he might take a blood test to look for a protein called CA-125. Levels of this protein tend to be higher in some — but not all — women with ovarian cancer. This test is mainly used in women over age 35, who are at slightly higher risk for ovarian cancer.

If the diagnosis is ovarian cancer, the doctor will use the diagnostic test results to determine whether the cancer has spread outside of the ovaries. If it has, the doctor will also use the results to determine how far it has spread. This diagnostic procedure is called staging. This helps the doctor plan your treatment.

How are ovarian cysts and tumors treated?

Most ovarian cysts will go away on their own. If you don’t have any bothersome symptoms, especially if you haven’t yet gone through menopause, your doctor may advocate ”watchful waiting.” The doctor won’t treat you. But the doctor will check you every one to three months to see if there has been any change in the cyst.

Birth control pills may relieve the pain from ovarian cysts. They prevent ovulation, which reduces the odds that new cysts will form.

Surgery is an option if the cyst doesn’t go away, grows, or causes you pain. There are two types of surgery:

  • Laparoscopy uses a very small incision and a tiny, lighted telescope-like instrument. The instrument is inserted into the abdomen to remove the cyst. This technique works for smaller cysts.
  • Laparotomy involves a bigger incision in the stomach. Doctors prefer this technique for larger cysts and ovarian tumors. If the growth is cancerous, the surgeon will remove as much of the tumor as possible. This is called debulking. Depending on how far the cancer has spread, the surgeon may also remove the ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, omentum — fatty tissue covering the intestines — and nearby lymph nodes.

Other treatments for cancerous ovarian tumors include:

  • Chemotherapy — drugs given through a vein (IV), by mouth, or directly into the abdomen to kill cancer cells. Because they kill normal cells as well as cancerous ones, chemotherapy medications can have side effects, includingnausea and vomiting, hair loss, kidney damage, and increased risk of infection. These side effects should go away after the treatment is done.
  • Radiation — high-energy X-rays that kill or shrink cancer cells. Radiation is either delivered from outside the body, or placed inside the body near the site of the tumor. This treatment also can cause side effects, including red skin, nausea,diarrhea, and fatigue. Radiation is not often used for ovarian cancer.

Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation may be given individually or together. It is possible for cancerous ovarian tumors to return. If that happens, you will need to have more surgery, sometimes combined with chemotherapy or radiation.

NEXT HEALTH POST – We would look into natural ways of treating ovarian cyst.

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Health – Ovarian Cyst Part 1

Ovarian cysts are small fluid-filled sacs that develop in a woman’s ovaries. Most cysts are harmless, but some may cause problems such as rupture, bleeding, or pain. Moreover, surgery may be required in certain situations to remove the cyst(s). It is important to understand the function of the ovaries and how these cysts may form.

Women normally have two ovaries that store and release eggs. Each ovary is about the size of a walnut, and one ovary is located on each side of the uterus. One ovary produces one egg each month, and this process starts a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle. The egg is enclosed in a sac called a follicle. An egg grows inside the ovary until estrogen (a hormone), signals the uterus to prepare itself for the egg. In turn, the lining of the uterus begins to thicken and prepare for implantation of a fertilized egg resulting in pregnancy. This cycle occurs each month and usually ends when the egg is not fertilized. All contents of the uterus are then expelled if the egg is not fertilized. This is called a menstrual period.

In an ultrasound image, ovarian cysts resemble bubbles. The cyst contains only fluid and is surrounded by a very thin wall. This kind of cyst is also called a functional cyst, or simple cyst. If a follicle fails to rupture and release the egg, the fluid remains and can form a cyst in the ovary. This usually affects one of the ovaries. Small cysts (smaller than one-half inch) may be present in a normal ovary while follicles are being formed.

Ovarian cysts affect women of all ages. The vast majority of ovarian cysts are considered functional (physiologic). This means they occur normally and are not part of a disease process. Most ovarian cysts are benign, meaning they are not cancerous, and many disappear on their own in a matter of weeks without treatment. While cysts may be found in ovarian cancer, ovarian cysts typically represent a harmless (benign) condition or a normal process. Ovarian cysts occur most often during a woman’s childbearing years

Types of Ovarian Cysts

The most common types of ovarian cysts are the following:

Follicular cyst: This type of simple cyst can form when ovulation does not occur or when a mature follicle involutes (collapses on itself). A follicular cyst usually forms at the time of ovulation and can grow to about 2.3 inches in diameter. The rupture of this type of cyst can create sharp severe pain on the side of the ovary on which the cyst appears. This sharp pain (sometimes called mittelschmerz) occurs in the middle of the menstrual cycle, during ovulation. About one-fourth of women with this type of cyst experience pain. Usually, these cysts produce no symptoms and disappear by themselves within a few months.
Corpus luteum cyst: This type of functional ovarian cyst occurs after an egg has been released from a follicle. After this happens, the follicle becomes what is known as a corpus luteum. If a pregnancy doesn’t occur, the corpus luteum usually breaks down and disappears. It may, however, fill with fluid or blood and persist on the ovary. Usually, this cyst is found on only one side and produces no symptoms.
Hemorrhagic cyst: This type of functional cyst occurs when bleeding occurs within a cyst. Symptoms such as abdominal pain on one side of the body may be present with this type of cyst.
Dermoid cyst: This is a type of benign tumor sometimes referred to as mature cystic teratoma. It is an abnormal cyst that usually affects younger women and may grow to 6 inches in diameter. A dermoid cyst can contain other benign types of growths of body tissues such as fat and occasionally bone, hair, and cartilage.
The ultrasound image of this cyst type can vary because of the spectrum of contents, but a CT scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can show the presence of fat and dense calcifications.
These cysts can become inflamed. They can also twist around (a condition known as ovarian torsion), compromising their blood supply and causing severe abdominal pain.
Endometriomas or endometrioid cysts: Part of the condition known as endometriosis, this type of cyst is formed when endometrial tissue (the lining tissue of the uterus) is present on the ovaries. It affects women during the reproductive years and may cause chronic pelvic pain associated with menstruation.
Endometriosis is the presence of endometrial glands and tissue outside the uterus.
Women with endometriosis may have problems with fertility.
Endometrioid cysts, often filled with dark, reddish-brown blood, may range in size from 0.75-8 inches. Due to the color of the blood within the cysts, these cysts have been referred to as “chocolate cysts.”
Polycystic-appearing ovary: Polycystic-appearing ovary is diagnosed based on its enlarged size – usually twice that of normal – with small cysts present around the outside of the ovary. This condition can be found in healthy women and in women with hormonal (endocrine) disorders. An ultrasound is used to view the ovary in diagnosing this condition.
Polycystic-appearing ovary is different from the polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which includes other symptoms and physiological abnormalities in addition to the presence of ovarian cysts. Polycystic ovarian syndrome involves metabolic and cardiovascular risks linked to insulin resistance. These risks include increased glucose tolerance, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is associated with infertility, abnormal bleeding, increased incidences of miscarriage, and pregnancy-related complications.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is extremely common and is thought to occur in 4%-7% of women of reproductive age and is associated with an increased risk for endometrial cancer.
The tests other than an ultrasound alone are required to diagnose polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Cystadenoma: A cystadenoma is a type of benign tumor that develops from ovarian tissue. They may be filled with a mucous-type fluid material. Cystadenomas can become very large and may measure 12 inches or more in diameter.
Ovarian cancers. Rarely, ovarian cysts may be related to ovarian cancers. However, over 99% of ovarian cysts are benign and not caused by cancer.