Cancer and Crab

In public English, Cancer means “crab” in addition to cancer. So what is the connection between cancer and crabs?

As early as more than 400 BC, Hippocrates, the “father of medicine” in ancient Greece, observed that malignant tumors can grow rapidly. During the spreading process, many finger-like tentacles will be extended to radiate around, shaped like crabs. The Greek word “carcinoma” for crabs is used to name tumors.

About 300 years later, the ancient Roman scholar Celsus translated it into Latin “cancer” when translating many ancient Greek medical classics. English accepted these Greek and Latin vocabulary, and they are still in use today. Today, in professional terms, cancer refers to malignant tumors derived from epithelial tissues, called cancers; and carcinomas specifically refers to malignant tumors derived from mesenchymal tissues, called sarcomas.

Today, in imaging studies, “crab-like lesions” are still one of the indications for identifying malignant tumors. For example, breast cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, and thyroid cancer have many cases of tumors that are “crab-shaped”.

Because of this, many tumor-related hospitals, research institutes and associations have added the crab element to the badges, such as the Chinese Anti-Cancer Association, the Cancer Hospital of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and our hospital. In the badge, the crab is usually pierced by a sharp sword or snake stick, which means to conquer cancer and kill tumors.

Of course, the fat crab is the appetite and the good of many people. In order to avoid confusion, the word “cancer” is gradually replaced by the word “crab”, and it is the second most common tumor in our blood oncology department. ——In multiple myeloma, there are four common symptoms: hypercalcemia (Calcemia), renal insufficiency (Renal insufficiency), anemia (Anemia) and bone disease (Bone disease), the acronyms are also linked It happens to be CRAB-the English word for crabs, so it is also called “crab disease.” As long as you pay attention to whether you have these symptoms and make a preliminary judgment, and then pass the professional judgment of the hematologist, you can greatly avoid misdiagnosis.

Since cancer and crabs are so closely related, people cannot help but ask whether cancer patients can eat crabs? In the folks, many people say that crabs are hairy things, and eating crabs will promote tumor recurrence. In fact, although crab and cancer are the same word cancer, eating crab does not cause cancer, nor does it cause cancer recurrence and metastasis. On the contrary, the nutrition of crabs is very rich. As long as they are not allergic to seafood, cancer patients can eat crabs to supplement nutrition and improve immunity.