There are close to 200 cancers that you are at risk of. Named according to the organ or tissue they affect, they do affect the different tissues in our bodies. Cancer is the uncontrollable proliferation of cells that produce a tumor. You have probably heard of non cancerous tumors. Well, there are two main types of tumors; benign and malignant tumor. A benign tumor is not cancerous and it does not spread to other parts of the body thus it can be easily removed. A malignant tumor is cancerous and does spread to other parts of the body.
There are many health related factors that cause cancer, most of them; influenced by our lifestyle choices. They include inappropriate dietary habits, tobacco use and over consumption of alcohol, environmental pollution, solar radiation, viral causes and genetics, consumer products such as: shampoo, conditioners, deodorants, perfumes, hair remover creams, shaving cream, nail polish, body lotions and the list goes on and on.
That is why cancer is classified as a lifestyle disease. Is cancer a direct reaction by the body against the health related actions that we charge it against? The human body is a living sponge and we filter all that have been mentioned. When our bodies can no longer filter, that’s when it starts breaking down.
Whenever you consume that fried chicken, that plate of fries, you drink that second bottle of your favorite beverage; remember that you are living unhealthy. You do increase you risk of developing colon cancer, cancer of the mouth or liver cancer. Substance use such as alcohol and cigarette smoking increases your chances of developing lung, mouth, throat, kidney, and bladder and pancreas cancer among others. Coupled with the effects of pollution, the risk further increases for this chronic illness.
It is apparent that the lifestyle choices and habits we adapt determine a lot on our health. For such a lifelong predicament, several misleading myths surround it. There are people who believe cancer affects the “bad” in society. There are others who believe it affects only to the rich. Others believe it is a curse since it develops within the body and without any exterior infections. Cancer, as with all other diseases should be identified, diagnosed, treated and managed from a scientific perspective. We also need to realize that our actions contribute majorly in the development of cancer. It is a matter of every action has an equal reaction, now or in the future.
Cancer has no boundaries, it affects all in society. In the recent past, iconic figures such as Steve Jobs and Nobel laureate Wangari Mathaai succumbed to cancer, pancreatic and ovarian respectively. Although cancer is treatable if diagnosed in its early stages of development through procedures such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, prevention is always better than the cure. Although you may look all healthy, try and evaluate your lifestyle choices, especially those that affect your health. Take a look at your present and earlier dietary habits and your exercise schedule. Is lifestyle your health risk factor?