It is so much easier to prevent cancer than to try to reverse it once you have it. Cancer is probably the scariest of all the health conditions a person can get medically. Cancer doesn’t have a good prognosis, and it has a very invasive form of treatment. So, today, we are going to discuss cancer prevention.
I want to say this before proceeding:
“An ounce of prevention is far better than a pound of cure.”
But prevention only makes sense if you have the correct information about it. There’s no way to prevent cancer if you are operating off the wrong information.
So, in this article, I will share with you some quality information and knowledge that can help you avoid cancer.
What is cancer?
Cancer is a group of diseases caused by the rapid division of abnormal cells and their rapid spread to other organs and tissues.
These rapidly growing cells may cause tumors and disrupt the body’s function.
Cancer is a significant cause of death globally. According to the World Health Organization, cancer will cause at least 1 in 6 deaths in 2020. As a result, medical researchers and healthcare experts leave no stone unturned in testing new cancer treatments daily.
What causes cancer?
Most cancers are caused by mutations or changes to the DNA in the cells. Genetic mutations can be inherited. Some genetic mutations can also occur after birth due to environmental forces. These external forces are known as carcinogens. Examples of carcinogens include:
- Ultraviolet light and radiation
- Chemical carcinogens include asbestos, cigarette smoke, air pollution, alcohol, and contaminated drinking water and food.
- Biological carcinogens such as parasites, bacteria, and viruses.
According to the World Health Organization, at least 33 percent of cancer-related deaths may be attributed to alcohol, and tobacco, low consumption of vegetables and fruits, high body mass index, and a sedentary lifestyle.