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Carcinoid Cancer

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Greetings, Tutti Fam!

Although November is in our rearview mirror, the significance of Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Month lingers, urging us to take a look into the complexities of this disease. Explore the insights, savor the flavours of our Foodie Corner provided with love by Love 2 Food, meet the star of the week in our Weekly Frutti Star spotlight, and cap it off with a weekend movie recommendation. It's a symphony of awareness, community love, and joyous discoveries – unwrapping now!

  1. Understanding Carcinoid Cancer

Ever heard of carcinoid cancer? It's a slow-growing type of neuroendocrine tumor that usually pops up in the lungs and digestive system, from the throat to the tummy. You might find it hanging out in the appendix more often.

Now, it's often tagged as a cancer that likes to chill with older folks, especially women. Here's the twist – carcinoid cancer doesn't follow a script of symptoms. It often makes its grand entrance when we notice changes in our hormones. In simpler words, it's a bit of a sneak.

So, why talk about it? Because understanding it is the first step in dealing with it.

A familial history of multiple endocrine neoplasia type I (MEN I) increases the risk.

  1. Spotting Carcinoid Signs: Let's Keep it Simple

In case you wonder how to spot carcinoid cancer, well, these tumors release some substances that like to play with our blood vessels' vibe – we call them vasoactive. Serotonin is the star here, but there's also kallikrein, which messes a bit with blood pressure, skin peeling, and, well, things in the realm of liquefaction. Bradykinin also joins the party as a super strong blood vessel relaxer.

Now, when these substances team up, they trigger what we call "carcinoid syndrome." It's like a chain reaction causing a bunch of signs and symptoms. The most common one is a flush – your head, neck, and chest turn into a temporary color show! Other signs can include nausea, swelling, vomiting, tummy pain, and even serious stuff like wheezing (airways getting tight) and something called carcinoid heart disease (a fancy term for heart-related thickening). When all these symptoms gang up on you suddenly, we call it a "carcinoid crisis."

Doctors don't know what causes the mutations that can lead to carcinoid tumors. But they know that carcinoid tumors develop in neuroendocrine cells.

  1. Possible Influences on Carcinoid Risks: Easy Talk

Curious about what might nudge the odds of getting a carcinoid tumor? Here are some pointers:

  1. Age Factor: As we grow older, the chances of bumping into a carcinoid tumor seem to rise. It's more like a thing for older adults than our younger pals or kiddos.

  2. Gender Game: Ladies, you might want to know that women tend to be more in the spotlight when it comes to developing carcinoid tumors compared to the gents.

  3. Family Connection: If your family has a history of something called multiple endocrine neoplasia, type 1 (MEN 1), it could increase the chances of encountering a carcinoid tumor. In MEN 1, multiple tumors like to hang out in the glands of the endocrine system.

  4. Navigating the Path to Carcinoid Diagnosis: A Closer Look

Curious about how doctors unravel the mystery of carcinoid tumors? Let's take a more detailed stroll through the diagnostic journey:

  1. Blood Insights: The first step involves examining your blood. Elevated hormone levels or their byproducts could be indicative of a lurking carcinoid tumor.

  2. Urine Revelations: Carcinoid tumors often leave a chemical footprint, detectable in your urine. Hence, a thorough urine test can offer additional clues.

  3. Technological Gaze: Modern imaging technologies, including CT scans, MRIs, PET scans, X-rays, and nuclear medicine scans, play a pivotal role in precisely locating the carcinoid tumor.

  4. Internal Exploration: Specialized cameras on flexible tubes explore different areas inside your body. Whether it's an endoscopy down your throat, a bronchoscopy into your lungs, or a colonoscopy through your rectum – these procedures provide direct visual insights.

  5. Capsule Endoscopy: Imagine swallowing a tiny camera pill to capture images of your small intestine – that's capsule endoscopy, offering a unique perspective.

  6. Tissue Examination: To confirm the diagnosis, doctors may collect a sample of tissue from the tumor through biopsy. This can involve using a needle or opting for a minor surgery. The collected tissue undergoes laboratory scrutiny to determine the types of cells present and their level of aggression under the microscope.

  1. Survival Rates Comparison: Gastro vs. Lung Carcinoid Tumors

Ongoing improvements in treatments may impact current and future outlooks.

Carcinoid Highlights:

  • Predominantly found in the gastrointestinal system or lungs.

  • A master of disguise: Symptoms may not always manifest, making early detection a formidable challenge.

  • Known for its hormone-producing prowess, leading to a distinctive set of symptoms.

  1. Let's Talk Food and Wellness with our friends L2F

For those seeking a blend of gastronomic pleasure and cancer-aware choices, our Foodie Corner, in collaboration with Love 2 Food, presents delightful culinary offerings.

Food List to Limit or Avoid

• Processed Meats (Bacon, Sausages)

Why: Processed meats often contain nitrates and nitrites as preservatives. These compounds, when ingested, can convert into nitrosamines, which are known to increase the risk of various cancers, including Carcinoid Cancer.

•Red Meat (Beef, Pork)

Why: High consumption of red meat, particularly when cooked at high temperatures, can lead to the formation of heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These substances have been linked to an increased risk of cancer, making moderation and choosing lean cuts crucial.

•Highly Processed Foods

Why: Highly processed foods often contain trans fats, artificial additives, and excessive salt. Trans fats contribute to inflammation and may promote tumor development. Additionally, the additives and high salt content can negatively impact our digestive health, potentially increasing the risk of Carcinoid Cancer.

• Sugary Drinks

Why: Sugary drinks contribute to weight gain and obesity, which are established risk factors for various cancerr. Moreover, excessive sugar intake can lead to insulin resistance, the resulting weight gain, inflammation and hormone disruptions raise your risk for up to 13 types of cancer.

• Fried and Grilled Foods

Why: Cooking at high temperatures, especially frying and grilling, produces HCAs and PAHs. These compounds have been associated with an increased risk of cancer, particularly when consumed regularly over time. Choosing gentler cooking methods, like steaming or boiling, can minimize these risks.

• Excessive Alcohol

Why: Heavy alcohol consumption is a recognized risk factor for several cancers, including those affecting the digestive system. Alcohol can lead to the production of acetaldehyde, a carcinogenic substance, and weaken the body's ability to defend against cancer cells.

• Excessive Salt (Processed Foods, Salty Snacks)

Why: High salt intake is associated with an increased risk of stomach cancer. Excessive salt can damage the lining of the stomach, creating an environment that might favor the development of Carcinoid Cancer and other gastrointestinal cancers.

• Trans Fats (Found in Some Processed Foods)

Why: Trans fats, commonly found in some processed foods, contribute to inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. This chronic inflammation can create an environment favorable for cancer development, including Carcinoid Cancer.

• Highly Refined Carbohydrates (White Bread, Pastries)

Why: Foods with high refined carbohydrate content can cause rapid spikes in blood sugar levels. This continuous fluctuation in blood sugar and insulin levels may contribute to chronic inflammation and an increased risk of Carcinoid Cancer.

• Artificial Sweeteners

Why: Some studies suggest that certain artificial sweeteners may disrupt the balance of gut bacteria and negatively impact metabolic processes. These alterations in gut health have been associated with an increased risk of certain cancers, making the choice of natural sweeteners in moderation a safer option.

A big shoutout to Love 2 Food for their contribution to the Foodie Corner.

"The more we learn together, the healthier we can be! So, let's make wise choices, stay informed, and keep those positive vibes rolling!"

  1. Highlights from TFW Fam- Cancer Awareness Day

Gratitude to our incredible TFW fam for making every Thursday a beacon of awareness and support. Together, we make a meaningful impact!

  1. Celebrating Our Weekly Frutti Star!

Meet Daniel, the guiding force behind SS&S, a company dedicated to crafting 100% natural soaps that are not only eco-friendly but also cruelty-free. His commitment to our community is nothing short of heroic!

Founder of Shiba Soap: Daniel's entrepreneurial spirit shines through Shiba Soap, where he leads with a passion for creating products that align with nature.

Global Advocate for Cancer Awareness: Daniel stands as one of our most vocal advocates for cancer awareness, using his platform to spread crucial knowledge and support.

TFW Superhero: From representing us at Shiba Fest to crafting two special Tutti Frutti soaps, with 10% of proceeds donated to Fruity Wish, Daniel embodies the spirit of a true TFW superhero.

Voted Frutti Star of the Week: Today, the TFW fam has spoken, and Daniel has been voted as our Frutti Star of the Week! A well-deserved recognition for his unwavering dedication.

A Heartfelt Thank You: Daniel, thank you for being the rock, the voice, and the superhero in our TFW family. Your efforts make a significant impact, and we're grateful for all you do.

  1. Weekend Series Recommendation: "Breaking Bad"

"Breaking Bad" is a gripping American television series that unfolds the transformation of Walter White, a former high school chemistry teacher that turns to producing methamphetamine after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

This riveting series explores the complexities of morality, power, and the consequences of life-altering decisions.

Are you prepared to break bad this weekend?

Stay healthy, stay aware, stay Tutti Frutti!

Please note: The information provided in this newsletter is for general informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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