Health and Lifestyle

Cancer Awareness: the Disease That Gradually Becomes Epidemic

There are over 100 different types of cancer, some having different symptoms, diagnostic tests and treatment options. The American Cancer Society has determined 29 main types of cancers that affect people more often than others. In the year 2016, about 1.7 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the US alone.

The mortality rate is very shocking as well as frustrating, especially to those living in underdeveloped countries, where cancer is almost incurable. Based on the recent study by the World Health Organization (WHO), about 172 out of 100,000 people died of cancer in the period between 2008 and 2012. Again, the WHO’s statistics show that about 9.5 million deaths worldwide are cancer-related. Sadly, the outlook is even worse; experts believe that the figure might hit 13.1 million by 2030 if no better treatment options will be developed by that time.

Cancer discriminates nobody

No one is immune to cancer – men and women, the young and old, the poor and rich – we all are at risk. Cancer doesn’t discriminate and in fact, according to the recent research by the American Cancer Society, although childhood cancers are rare, they account for about 1% of all cancers diagnosed each year. Although the “1%” might seem insignificant, the person count is still too high since 1% figure means that about 14,000 children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with various types of cancer in the US alone.

How the right diet can reduce the risk

“Prevention is better than cure”, – this old adage is very true when it comes to cancer. The power to prevent and protect you and your loved ones from cancer lies in your hands. In addition to breaking harmful habits such as smoking which considerably increases your chances of getting certain types of cancer, especially lung cancer, the foods you eat also play an essential role in cancer prevention. More specifically, fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains are the types of food that can help you minimize your chances of getting cancer. Research has shown that these products contain plenty of vitamins, nutrients and phytochemicals that act as antioxidants. The antioxidant properties of cancer fighting foods help neutralize free radicals in your body, hence preventing development and spread of cancerous cells. The antioxidant properties also prevent clogging of the blood vessels so that there’s adequate flow of blood throughout your body bringing adequate amounts of oxygen and nutrients.

Many people worldwide are beginning to realize that the modernization of food processing system in the last 40 years has led to almost epidemic proportions of cancer and heart disease. Research conducted by the National Cancer Institute shows that approximately 30% of all cancer deaths may be related to poor diet.