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What is Cancer?

The word Cancer denotes any one of a large number of diseases characterized by the development of abnormal cells that divide uncontrollably and have the ability to infiltrate and destroy normal body tissue. Cancer often has the ability to spread throughout your body.
Cancer develops when the body’s normal control mechanism stops working. Instead of dying, old cells grow out of control and form new, abnormal cells. These extra cells may form a mass of tissue called a tumour. However, some cancers like leukaemia, myeloma, and lymphoma, do not form tumours.
There are more than 200 different types of cancer.

What is Breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a type of cancer that affects the Breast tissue. Breast cancer can be of two types, invasive and non-invasive. Non-invasive breast cancer is confined to the ducts or lobules and has not spread to surrounding tissues. Invasive breast cancer has spread from the original site to surrounding tissue, and potentially to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or bloodstream. Breast cancer can be successfully treated if detected early. The course of treatment depends upon the stage of the cancer.

Common signs of Breast cancer

Some Common symptoms of breast cancer include:
  • A lump or thickening in the breast or underarm area
  • Swelling, warmth, or redness in the breast
  • Changes in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin on the breast
  • Nipple discharge, particularly if it is bloody
  • Nipple inversion or changes in the position of the nipple
  • Breast pain or tenderness

What causes Breast cancer?

Cancer is caused by changes or mutations to the DNA within cells. The DNA inside a cell is packed into a large number of individual genes each of which contains a set of instructions that tell a cell what functions to perform and how to grow and divide.
Errors in these instructions can cause the cell to stop its normal function and may allow a cell to become cancerous.
The exact cause of breast cancer is not fully understood, but there are several risk factors that can increase a person’s likelihood of developing breast cancer. Some of these risk factors include:
  1. Age: The risk of breast cancer increases as a person gets older. Most breast cancers occur in women over age 50, although breast cancer can occur in younger women as well.
  2. Gender: Women are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer than men.
  3. Family history: Women who have a first-degree relative (mother, sister, or daughter) with breast cancer have a higher risk of developing the disease themselves.
  4. Genetic mutations: Certain inherited genetic mutations, such as the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, can increase the risk of breast cancer.
  5. Personal history: Women who have had breast cancer in one breast have an increased risk of developing cancer in the other breast.
  6. Hormonal factors: Hormonal factors, such as early onset of menstruation, late onset of menopause, and the use of hormone replacement therapy, can increase the risk of breast cancer.
  7. Lifestyle factors: Certain lifestyle factors, such as obesity, lack of physical activity, smoking, and alcohol consumption, have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.

How does Cannabis medicine help with Cancer?

NOTE: Cannabis medicine should not be considered as a cure for cancer.
The therapeutic and medicinal benefits of Cannabis medicines can help provide relief from symptoms and complications caused by cancer and/or cancer treatments.
There has been a lot of interest in whether cannabinoids might be useful as a cancer treatment. The scientific research conducted so far has been laboratory research with results showing that different cannabinoids can:
  1. Block cell growth
  2. Cause cell death
  3. Reduce inflammation
  4. Stop the development of blood vessels that are needed for tumours to grow
  5. Reduce the ability of cancer to spread.
one of the compounds of cannabis, Cannabidiol (CBD) is studied for cancer-related treatment. It has been found to be non-intoxicating in nature and provides a broad spectrum of medicinal properties that can help relieve pain, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, skin pigmentation, and other complications caused by cancer and/or cancer treatments.
There is solid evidence in support of the idea that cannabinoids can reduce tumour growth in animal models of cancer. CBD may also increase the potency of certain drugs used to treat cancer.

Research on CBD Oil and Cancer

  1. The results of a 2019 study indicated that CBD could induce cell death and make glioblastoma cells more sensitive to radiation without any effects on healthy cells.
  2. 2019 review of in vitro and in vivo studies focusing on pancreatic cancer revealed that cannabinoids, such as CBD, can help slow the growth of a tumour, reduce tumour invasion, and induce tumour cell death. However, the authors of the study also wrote that research into the efficacy of different formulations, dosing, and precise mode of action is lacking and urgently needed.
  3. A large, long-term study of men found that the use of cannabis may be inversely associated with the risk of bladder cancer. That said, a cause and effect relationship has not been established.
  4. 2014 review of 35 in vitro and in vivo studies found that cannabinoids prove to be a promising compound in the treatment of gliomas.
  5. 2014 study in experimental models of colon cancer in vivo suggested that CBD may stop the spread of colorectal cancer cells.
  6. A 2010 research demonstrated the efficiency of CBD in preclinical models of metastatic breast cancer. The study found that CBD considerably reduced breat cancer cell proliferation and invasion.

Potential Benefits of Cannabis Medicine for Breast cancer

  1. Anti-tumour effects: Cannabinoids, which are compounds found in cannabis, have been shown to have anti-tumour effects in preclinical studies. These studies suggest that cannabinoids may be able to slow the growth and spread of cancer cells.
  2. Pain relief: Cannabis and its derivatives have been used for many years to treat pain, including pain associated with cancer. For people with breast cancer, cannabis medicine may provide relief from pain and discomfort associated with the disease and its treatment.
  3. Anti-inflammatory effects: Some cannabinoids have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, which may be helpful in the treatment of breast cancer. Chronic inflammation is thought to play a role in the development and progression of many types of cancer, including breast cancer.
  4. Appetite stimulation: People with breast cancer may experience a loss of appetite due to the disease and its treatment. Cannabis medicine has been shown to stimulate appetite, which may be helpful for people with breast cancer who are struggling to eat.
  5. Anxiety and depression relief: A cancer diagnosis and treatment can cause anxiety and depression in some people. Cannabis medicine has been shown to have calming and mood-elevating effects, which may be helpful in relieving anxiety and depression in people with breast cancer.