This process, if unchecked, will eventually lead to the formation of a cancerous tumor. As the abnormal cells circulate within the bloodstream, the cancer can also spread to other parts of the body. This can cause the formation of more tumors and further deplete the body's energy supply, weakening and eventually poisoning the patient with toxic byproducts.
There are many fairly innovative techniques used to accurately assess the presence of cancer in the body. This section of my paper will attempt to describe two of the procedures which are used to diagnose two separate types of malignancies. The first procedure I will discuss is used in the diagnosis of Prostate cancer.
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 1998, 345,000 Americans will be told they have prostate cancer. In addition to that, they also predict that deaths from prostate cancer in the U.S. will reach 41,400 this year, nearly as much as breast cancer (Rubin, 39). By far the biggest factor in the sharp rise of prostate- cancer diagnoses is the increasingly widespread use of the PSA test, which in many cases can detect the disease early in its course, long before the tumor becomes palpable. Many urologists rec