It is a fact that environmental toxic agents, poor dietary and exercise habits and poor consumer choices can cause cell mutation that may lead to the formation of cancerous tumors. It is also a fact, cancer mortality rates throughout the globe have increased over the last decade. “7.6 million People died of cancer in the world during 2007. 13% of all deaths are due to cancer (American Cancer Society).” And since then, cancer cases have risen globally.
Unfortunately “Cancer is among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer related deaths in 2012 [World Health Organization, 2015].”
Are we all doomed to get cancer? The risk of getting cancer is greatly reduced if one learns to pay attention to environment, lifestyle and consumer safety information and applies good lifestyle practices.
What do I believe is causing this increased rate? I believe it has a lot to do with the lack of consumer safety and healthy habit lifestyle practices and environment awareness knowledge and education.
And since cancer cells can take many years to mutate and change into cancerous ones; none of us have any ideal, or believe this could occur within our bodies. Or most don’t consider the possibilities of getting cancer, therefore don’t take the environmental and lifestyle risk factors seriously. So lifestyle and environment don’t change until illness and disease have taken their course.
How do we get cancer? There are many possible carcinogenic agents and toxins hidden within our environment and foods. One must also consider genetic predisposition possibilities [does cancer run in the family]. If a biological family member has had cancer, suspect your body is more susceptible and sensitive to similar types of cancer causing agents. Also a neighbor who was born and raised in the same environment and without a history of cancer in the family will likely not be as sensitive to the agents that effect your family. But this does not mean they are immune to cancer.
The American Cancer Society defines cancer as a disease which differs widely in cause and biology. There are approximately 9 risk factors leading to cancer: Tobacco smoking, alcohol, diets low in fruit and vegetables, limited physical exercise, unsafe sex, urban air pollution, domestic use of solid fuels and contaminated injections (Hep B & C).
Once cancerous tumors form they continue to grow and divide at a cellular level [metastasis]. Which can spread through the immune-lymph and circulatory blood systems, etc. Tumors once malignantly formed, effect other healthy cells surrounding them. Whereas these cancerous cells have the ability to target other tissues and organs throughout the body, spread and infect, grow and further divide.
Unless medical treatment is received in a timely manner to stop a malignant growth, spread and further cellular mutation, remission may not be possible. It is for this reason, if diagnosed with Stage 2-3 cancer, it becomes very risky to put off proven cancer treatment that offers the best odds at survival and puts cancer into remission. Opposed to trying new and untested treatments. Once cancer reaches stage 4, the odds of remission and survival are greatly reduced even when conventional treatment is applied.
Our body is a filter and is capable of removing many toxins through our lymphatic system including carcinogenic agents. This system has 3 basic functions. 1) To clean the blood and remove waste from the body. 2) It absorbs and transports fatty acids from the intestine and digestive system. 3) The lymph node cells called lymphocytes provide immunological defenses against disease-causing agents. When you increase cancer risk factors these lymphatic and circulatory filter system(s) become less functionally efficient.
And if unhealthy lifestyle, habits and/or environment don’t change within a period of time, the spread of cancer and tumor growth becomes more likely. By unnecessarily exposing oneself to poor diet and unhealthy environment or continued bad habits and behavior, toxins in the body increase in concentration. And these toxins may not cause cancer, but something worse. For example, acute to chronic body-brain neurological, circulatory, and/or respiratory, etc., illness and disease.
How to Reduce Cancer Risk
- Obesity increases risk of developing cancer. Reduce body weight through diet and exercise. See a doctor to help you lose weight and control diabetes.
- Reduce refined sugars, excessive fats and reduce carbohydrates. Increase plant based foods in diet to decrease risk of prostate and breast cancer (men/women).
- Studies have linked stomach cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer and pancreatic cancer with “any” grilled meat and/or overconsumption of red meats. Ingestion of meats alone is not the only problem. Carcinogens are also released through the burning of the aromatic hydrocarbon which often occurs when you overheat and burn fats, fry and sauté oils. Then inhale their carcinogenic burnt smoke fumes. If you burn your cooking oils, open the windows, exhaust the air and dump the oil. When burning oil, avoid inhaling the burnt smoke and refresh the oil before cooking.
- Cancer trials suggest that vitamin supplementation and/or consumption of fruits and vegetables will reduce cancer risks. Take a daily vitamin & mineral supplement daily. Especially if you’re not getting 3-4 servings per day of plant foods.
- Give up artificial sweeteners (Aspartame). Read your food labels carefully. There are now 6000 food products under various labels that list Aspartame as “other sweetener, sugar substitute and as a healthy sweetener alternative. Sodas, flavored water, specialized coffee’s, processed baked deserts, candy and even some diet foods have high concentrates of Aspartame in them. Be sure to Read MirrorAthlete’s publication, “Aspartame the Silent Killer.” Aspartame in the diet is highly suspect of causing cancer and a known obesity and diabetes causing chemical agent.
- If you live in a heavily carbon monoxide or chemical producing environment and/or your city drinking water requires high chemical concentrate treatment [chemical smells & tastes occur often in tap water]; and/or suffer from respiratory problems, consider moving from the area if possible. If not possible, filter your water, improve indoor air systems and exercise outside on low smog days and exercise indoors on high smog days. Also don’t burn wood or other heating fuels in unvented or uncirculated room space areas. Remove toxic home use products and replace with natural cleaning products.
- The sun and manmade sources produce UV (Ultraviolet) rays. These UV rays are known as electromagnetic radiation. The sun is our main source of this radiation. Manmade UV radiation is produced by tanning beds, x-rays and welding torches for example. Limit exposure to electromagnetic radiation and cover up and use sunscreen to avoid overexposure of the sun’s rays when possible.
- Stop smoking and consuming alcohol.
- Practice safe sex and never use a shared or unsterilized needles.
The incidence of cancer rises dramatically with age. And even more so when unhealthy lifestyle, habits, environment and other risk factors are ignored and not practiced.
Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2015 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.