Cancer is suddenly so common. It seems like everyone knows someone who has cancer. We are living in times where you will know at least one person who is suffering from cancer or is a cancer survivor. Why is that? Is it suddenly more common? Or did we just not know that someone was suffering from cancer? We think it is a mix of both.
Indeed there is more awareness about cancer so testing for cancer detection is common. Comparatively 10 years ago, people were more scared to know if they have the risk to get cancer or have cancer. First hand we have seen individuals want to know their cancer risks and use a good risk management tool. As more people are testing, more cases are getting detected.
What you eat
Gone are the good old days where food came natural from the farm. Or the days where farms produces meant no chemicals or pesticides. In the rush to eat redder apples or sweet Mangos in March, we end up eating a lot of chemicals. Chemicals do they have carcinogens that add fuel to cancer genes. It may not be very practical to grown your own produces but one can make efforts to looks for non GMO, chemical free produces.
Today we live in a complex world. Factories and cars alone pollute the air we breathe immensely. Air pollution is a common cause for many cancers and several fatal diseases. The air we breathe negatively impacts many organs in our body.
Smoking is another leading cause of cancer (not just lung cancer). 1 out of 8 causes of cancer is caused due to smoking. In India, use of tobacco in forms of gutka, paan also plays a large contributor of cancer causing agents. HPV infections are also getting common due to lifestyle choices. HPV is a leading cause of ovarian and cervical cancer.
Cancer is more common now because of awareness, our habits and the environment. We have discussed several ways how one can play their part in helping the environment. Or different vaccinations possible to prevent certain cancers.
However biggest take away is when it comes to cancer, once there is awareness, then there can be a plan to prevention. If prevention is not possible then one can detect it early and ‘nip it in the bud’.