“In 2010 I received the phone call that no one wants to get… and heard those three words, you have cancer.” – Gabe Canales, Founder of Blue Cure Foundation and cancer prevention advocate
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. According to an article by www.cancer.org, there were 14.1 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths worldwide in 2012, and the numbers are expected to grow to 21.7 million cancer cases and 13 million cancer deaths by 2030.
Carcinos and Carcinoma are the terms used by the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, to describe non-ulcer forming and ulcer-forming tumors. In Greek, these words refer to a crab, which shape is similar to the finger-like spreading projections of cancer. It is the Roman Physician, Celsus, who later translated the Greek term into cancer, which is the Latin word for crab.
For as long as humans have lived, cancer has afflicted us; and up until now, this lethal disease continues to threaten us.
Causes of Cancer
Cancer is caused by mutations to the Deoxyribonucleic Acid or DNA within cells. DNA is the hereditary material in the human and almost all other organisms. The DNA inside a cell has large number of individual genes, each containing a set of instructions telling the cell what functions to perform, as well as how to grow, and divide. Errors in the instructions can cause the cell to stop its normal function, potentially allowing a cell to become cancerous.
These errors in our cells are triggered by some factors, such as the following:
Genes. Cancer can be the result of a genetic predisposition that is inherited from family members. It is possible to be born with certain genetic mutations or a fault in a gene that makes one statistically more likely to develop cancer later in life.
Carcinogens. Carcinogens are a class of substances that are directly responsible for damaging DNA, promoting or aiding cancer. Tobacco, asbestos, arsenic, radiation such as gamma and x-rays, the sun, and compounds in car exhaust fumes are all examples of carcinogens. When our bodies are exposed to carcinogens, free radicals are formed. These rouge electrons try to steal electrons from other molecules in the body, damaging the cells in the process and disrupting their normal function.
Viruses. Several viruses have also been linked to cancer such as human papillomavirus (a cause of cervical cancer), hepatitis B and C (causes of liver cancer), and Epstein-Barr virus (a cause of some childhood cancers). Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) - and anything else that suppresses or weakens the immune system - inhibits the body's ability to fight infections and increases the chance of developing cancer.
Irony of Cancer Treatments
For years, experts have been studying and developing medicines and treatments to manage cancer from mutating and spreading in the body. However, while some protocols turned out promising, others are also found insufficient to cure; what is worse, some cancer treatments also produce cancer-causing effects.
According to clinical literatures, radiation therapy can cause most kinds of leukemia (or cancer of the blood and bone marrow) including acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), chronic myelogenous (CML), and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). It is said to also have effects on the development of cancer tumors. If the dose of radiation increases, chances of developing tumor become higher as well.
To date, cancer remains treatable but not curable. Therefore, there is no better way to fight this disease other than to prevent it.
Tips to Prevent Cancer
“Cancer has become our new normal and that is not acceptable. And we must change our strategy in the war on cancer, and have a greater emphasis on cancer prevention,” said Canales.
According to American Cancer Society, the most important cancer risk factors that can be changed are body weight, diet, and physical activity. Staying at a healthy weight, staying active throughout life, and eating a healthy diet may greatly reduce a person’s lifetime risk of developing or dying from cancer. So, here are some tips on how we can prevent cancer (see: www.mayoclinic.org):
Quit smoking. Smoking is linked to several types of cancer — not just lung cancer. Quitting the unhealthy habit now will reduce risk of cancer in the future.
Limit sun exposure. Harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can increase risk of skin cancer. Limit sun exposure by staying in the shade, wearing protective clothing, or applying sunscreen.
Exercise. Regular exercise is linked to a lower risk of cancer. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. If you haven't been exercising regularly, start out slowly and work your way up to 30 minutes or longer.
Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese may increase risk of cancer. Work to achieve and maintain a healthy weight through a combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Drink moderately. If you choose to drink alcohol, limit yourself to one drink a day if you're a woman of any age or a man older than age 65, or two drinks a day if you're a man 65 years old or younger.
Eat healthy. Choose a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Select whole grains and lean proteins.
And let us take what the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, once prescribed, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food.”
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With a healthy diet and an active lifestyle, plus the aid of natural food supplements, we can intentionally protect ourselves and take positive steps against life threatening diseases, like cancer. After all, as survivors of this disease often say, “Cancer is just a word, not a death sentence.”
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