No one wants to have Cancer, but that doesn’t mean that we join our hands, pray to God and pretend to be protected from it. No one can become invincible after learning about Cancer but it certainly helps you to make informed decisions for yourself and your loved ones in lowering its risk and proceeding with caution if the mishap does befall on you or your near ones.
We, at Capitol Hospital, providing you the best healthcare in region will be stipulating few interesting facts about the world’s biggest health challenge – Cancer.
- Researchers believe that more than half of all cancers and cancer deaths are preventable.
- There are more than 200 types and subtypes of Cancer. Cancer is a broad term encapsulating many diseases within it.
- Only 5-10% of all cancers are entirely hereditary. Most cancers develop through a combination of hereditary and environmental factors including your diet and pollution.
- The left breast is 5 – 10% more likely to develop cancer than the right breast. No one knows the reason behind this.
- 90% of lung cancer can be estimated to happen because of Smoking. That is the reason the competent team of doctors at Capitol urges and encourages people to quit smoking.
- Cancer causes more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. One in eight deaths in the world is due to cancer.
- Breast cancer is also the leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide, with an estimated 458,400 deaths a year.
- Breast cancer is known to be common among women, but men are also susceptible to it. In fact, there are approximately 2,350 cases of breast cancer among males in 2015.
- There are 28 million cancer survivors worldwide. Thanks to the advancement in technology and awareness among all, the rate of survivors is increasing globally.
- Better lifestyle and health choices help decrease a person’s risk to cancer and other acute diseases, say the experts at Capitol.
- Tobacco use is one of the greatest risk factors to cancer. 30% of all cancer deaths and 80% of lung cancer deaths can be linked to tobacco.
- Second to tobacco use, being overweight or obese is also a major risk factor to cancer. As estimated by the World Cancer Research Fund, one-quarter to one-third of all cancers in the United States can be linked to diet, inadequate physical activity, and obesity.
- Cancer commonly develops among older people. 78% of cancer diagnosis is found among individuals who are 55 and older.
- Sleep deprivation – defined as getting less than six hours of sleep per day – increases your risk of colon cancer.
- Popular pizzas, burgers, hot dogs and other junk food contains nitrates which after reacting with the digestive fluids in our body coverts nitrates to nitrites, which in turn increases the risk of cancer.
- There are at least 90 cancer patients for every 100,000 population in Punjab.
- Cancer incidence in the state is higher than the national average of 80 per 100,000, reveals a survey by the Punjab government.
What you eat matters a lot. A balanced diet, healthy lifestyle and regular exercise can go a long way in keeping you cancer free. Tobacco use and smoking should be avoided at all costs. The most common cancer-causing foods are refined sugar and flour, soda, microwaved popcorn. The choices you make every day can raise or lower your cancer risk.