Recently, many medical scientists have re-evaluated their fundamental approach to looking at cancer. Rather than viewing it as an isolated event, it now appears that in the body, some cells start multiplying rapidly and ‘become cancerous’ on a regular basis. In the vast majority of cases, the immune system is able to recognize these ‘out of control’ cells and destroy them. It is only in those instances where a group of cells is able to evade the detection systems of the immune system (for example by mimicking the effects of inflammation), and thereby multiply rapidly, that a cancerous growth can form.
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Current medical perspective recognizes that when some cells grow uncontrollably, it is still a relatively normal occurrence, and a healthy immune system recognizes the issue and destroys them. So to prevent cancer one would have to stop this from happening (interfering with a normal process) or enhance the ability of the body to recognize the cells and for the immune system not to be fooled.
In the case of Nasopharyngeal Cancer, one of the triggering causes isinfection of epithelial cells by the Epstein- Barr virus (EBV). EBV was discovered in 1964 and is the first known human tumour virus, responsible for Hodgkin and Burkitt’s lymphomas, as well as nasopharyngeal carcinoma. So far, a vaccine to prevent infection by the virus has not yet been developed.
The best way to prevent NPC at this time is to perform regular and early screening for the disease.