Everything Seniors Need to Know About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common autoimmune diseases. It comes in multiple forms such as RA, early-onset RA, and elderly-onset RA. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.5 million Americans currently have RA and the vast majority of them are women. This debilitating condition is especially prevalent in members of the elderly population. In fact, a study published by Sage Journals indicated that RA is one of the leading autoimmune diseases for those above the age of 65.

Lung Cancer: Understanding the Advanced Stages

When a cancer moves from its place of origin to a new location in the body, it’s known as metastatic cancer. For a patient or family whose loved one has just received this diagnosis, it can be devastating and hard to understand. At the most basic level, cancer develops when cells grow in an uncontrolled, abnormal way. They don’t function like normal cells. Rather, they interfere with the normal functioning of the body. Cancer develops as a result of a mutation in a person’s DNA. Often, the mutation is a result of the normal process of aging, but it can also be due to unhealthy habits like smoking or exposure to harmful fumes or gases. A cancer typically metastasizes, or grows into a different location, in the later stages of the disease.

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