Human Microbiome

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Human Microbiome Project and Cancer

"Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and accounted for 7.6 million deaths… Deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue rising, with an estimated 13.1 million deaths in 2030," (World Health Organization). Cancer is a disease where the cells have gone completely out of control. Their DNA has been mutated, in which their instructions to undergo apoptosis ceases. Cancer is harmful to the body because it forms lumps or masses of tissue, called tumors, which can interfere with any or all of the systems in the body, which can be benign or malignant.

I chose to do this topic about cancer because of what I am exposed to everyday. I work in two histo-pathology labs where we work hand in hand with human tissue, with cancer patients being our number one cliental. Not only do I sympathize for the patients we provide service for, but also, I am concerned for my own and my coworkers' health.

Because of the carcinogens, contaminants, disease, and infections we work with, histotechnicians are ranked as the number one job that is most dangerous to your health. There are many emotional factors that go through my mind when I encounter the subject of cancer. I have had my own family members, friends, classmates, teachers, teammates, and coaches that have been diagnosed and have survived through cancer. Just learning even more about this topic is absolutely intriguing. The more I learn about this topic, the more I can be aware of mine and other people's health. I thought it was very interesting that cancer could be caused and induced by good and/or bad bacteria, and not just what the general consensus thinks: genetics, radiation/UV, tobacco, diet, and carcinogens.

The Human Microbiome Project is a remarkable research that shows that...