LETS TALK ABOUT CANCER.
Cancer is becoming or has become so common these days.
Diseases that used to be rare are now everywhere like Malaria.
It is worrisome!
In as much as we don’t have control over some things that happen to us, precautionary measures can go a long way to help prevent some of these things!
Cancer is strange.
Cancer is complex.
Cancer is extremely ugly.
Genetics and lifestyle are major factors that bring about #cancer
We can’t guarantee that we can live 100% free from some things that can cause cancer but we can try to reduce the risk of cancer by watching what we consume and the kind of lifestyle we lead.
Do you know that smoking can increase your chances of having cancer. Smoking alone can cause more than 10 different types of cancer.
Yes I know you had an uncle who smoked and was healthy till he was 150 years old. But you may not be as lucky as that uncle of yours. I don’t see any advantage associated with smoking. Socially and health wise, it’s bad.
Obesity and excess accumulation of fat in the body can lead to a lot of terrible ailments. Cancer is one of such ailments. Obesity is associated with an increased risk of colon, breast (in women who have been through menopause), and endometrial cancer, among several others.
Lack of exercise (which I am very guilty of) can also cause cancer. People who have very high activity level at all times hardly fall sick and that’s a known fact.
Sleeping with the TV on etc.
This cancer risk factor isn’t as well studied as, say, smoking or excessive sun exposure, but it’s still worth mentioning. Studies suggest that exposing our bodies to artificial light at night increases risk for certain cancers, such as breast and prostate (which require hormones to grow), according to a paper in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. There is some evidence that women who work night shifts have shown slightly higher rates of breast cancer, whereas blind women have shown decreased risks. And a study of 164 countries indicated those with higher overall levels of artificial light at night were associated with higher incidences of breast cancer. One possible explanation is exposure to artificial light at night suppresses the production of melatonin, a hormone that helps control the sleep cycle, and works as a powerful antioxidant. Some research suggests lower levels of melatonin are linked to a higher risk of breast cancer.
Alcohol consumption can expose you to the risk of cancer.
We can’t control the genetic factors except of cause by knowing the family health history of people we are getting married to.
If you have had incidents of cancer in your home (maybe your parents or siblings), the chances are there.
It’s not a crime to ask to know these things so that adequate care will be taken and a healthy lifestyle maintained.
LETS TALK ABOUT CANCER.
More than 50% of all cancer cases are preventable.
There are more than 200 types and subtypes of #cancer
There are about 28 million #cancer survivors world wide. Cancer is not a death sentence.
Only 5-10% of all cancers are hereditary.
Lifestyle and environment play major roles.
Diets, activity level, obesity and fatness, alcohol, smoking and exposure to UV light and sunlight etc play major roles.
The left #breast is more prone to cancer than the right.
We can prevent it!
We should know about it!
We should talk about it!
We should improve on out lifestyle!
We should take care!
We should be enlightened!
LETS TALK ABOUT CANCER.
#cancer causes more deaths than tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS combined.
Any part of the #body can be affected by cancer.
Over 30% of cancer could be prevented by staying away from tobacco, alcohol, maintaining a healthy diet, having increased activity level etc.
#walking as a form of exercise can reduce the #risk of #breastcancer by 25%
A single cigarette contains more than 4800 chemicals and about 69 of them are known to cause cancer.
Listen, multi-vitamins increase the risk of cancer and heart diseases.
Taller women are more likely to suffer cancer.
Pre diabetes increases cancer risk by 15%
Red wine kills cancer cells.
Well trained dogs can sniff out prostrate cancers with 98% accuracy.
A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with #prostrate cancer than a woman is likely to be diagnosed of #breast cancer.
#Plants suffer cancer too.
Air #pollution causes lung cancer and can also lead to increased risk of #bladder cancer.
Cancers are primarily #environmental diseases. 90-95% of the cases are attributed to environmental factors and 5-10% due to genetics.
Most cases of cancer are linked to #alcohol intake. WHO has classified alcohol as group 1 #carcinogens