Risk factors for varying cancers include: tobacco use, alcohol use, unhealthy diet, even the so-called healthy foods which are chemical and sugar laden bought in the isles of the supermarket, and physical inactivity are the major cancer risk factors worldwide and are also the 4 shared risk factors for other noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases.
Cancer is the general term for more than 100 different diseases (+200 sub-classifications). The WHO states that between 30–50% of cancers can currently be prevented by avoiding risk factors and implementing existing evidence-based prevention strategies. The cancer burden can also be reduced through early detection of cancer and management of patients who develop cancer.
In South Africa,breast cancer is the most common cancer for women, but cervical cancer is the deadliest. Other top cancer causes of death for women were breast, lung, and colorectal cancers.
Prostate cancer is the number one cancer diagnosed amongst South African men followed by lung, oesophagus, colon/rectum and bladder cancer. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. About one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetimes.
On 1 February 2018, the WHO released a fact sheet detailing the key facts on cancer.
- Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Globally, nearly 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer.
- Approximately 70% of deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries.
- Around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use.
- Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer deaths (2).
- Cancer causing infections, such as hepatitis and human papilloma virus (HPV), are responsible for up to 25% of cancer cases in low- and middle-income countries (3).
- Late-stage presentation and inaccessible diagnosis and treatment are common. In 2017, only 26% of low-income countries reported having pathology services generally available in the public sector. More than 90% of high-income countries reported treatment services are available compared to less than 30% of low-income countries.
- The economic impact of cancer is significant and is increasing. The total annual economic cost of cancer in 2010 was estimated at approximately US$ 1.16 trillion (4).
- Only 1 in 5 low- and middle-income countries have the necessary data to drive cancer policy (5).
The most common causes of cancer death are cancers:
- Lung (1.69 million deaths)
- Liver (788 000 deaths)
- Colorectal (774 000 deaths)
- Stomach (754 000 deaths)
- Breast (571 000 deaths)
New cases of cancer increased globally by 33 per cent between 2005 and 2015. The most common forms of cancer globally are: breast cancer, lung cancer, and colo-rectal cancer. Lung and colo-rectal cancers top the list of those causing the greatest number of deaths, followed by stomach and liver cancers.
According to the UICC, The Union for International Cancer Control the following is true every year:
- Over 7 million people die from cancer, and more than 11 million new cases are diagnosed worldwide.
- Tobacco kills more than 5 million people, of whom 1.5 million die of lung cancer.
- More than 160,000 cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed and at least 90,000 children die of cancer.
- In 2020, if current trends continue, new cases of cancer will increase to 16 million per year and more than 10 million people will die.
Early detection remains key to more successful outcomes when treating cancer and consumer empowerment is critical to ensure that the right tests are done timeously to reduce unnecessary suffering and enhance the chances of cure. It has been reported in studies that a woman diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer has between 80-90% probability of cure compared to being diagnosed at Stage IV, where the survival rate declines drastically with only around 15% of those diagnosed surviving for more than 5 years. It’s common knowledge that regular self-examination and mammograms play a key role in the early detection of breast cancer. Our research show that mammograms carry with them potential risks which women need to evaluate before embarking upon the screening.
Mammogram Testing Risk: The consequences of the potential risk of going for a mammogram to test for signs of breast cancer include:
- They are not 100 percent accurate. Lumps and masses in breast tissue can be either benign (harmless) or malignant (harmful), and mammograms don’t differentiate between the two.
- It takes about 8 years to get to about a centimeter in size for a mammogram or an ultrasound to detect it. That’s too late because that one-centimeter tumor, about five-sixteenths of an inch, less than half an inch, is about one billion cells.
- False diagnoses leads to and unnecessary treatments with chemotherapy and radiation. The link between chemotherapy and radiation and the development of second cancers has been known for decades! Even the American Cancer Society acknowledges that chemotherapy and radiotherapy are carcinogens and may increase risk for developing a second cancer, and that the risk is even higher when both therapies are given together.
- Mammograms can be a potential cause of cancer.
Women should essentially undergo screening to detect potential cancer risk. Our research shows that Thermography can help qualified physicians determine whether or not a woman has an elevated breast cancer risk due to this often overlooked early indicator. The cancer is diagnosed when as small as a pinhead. Thermography / Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) – a diagnostic technique is non-invasive and involves ZERO exposure to radiation. A DITI camera is used to capture images, called thermograms.
The devastating trauma of a cancer diagnosis throws one into a state of uncertainty. During this time is is very important to be equipped with the correct knowledge of what the side effect or negative health consequence of each treatment protocol has on the body. Time and time again, cancer sufferers are not informed of the future health risk of the treatments and while trying trying to ‘fix’ one form of cancer, one could be bringing in a infantry of many other forms of cancer.
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Books for additional reading and awareness of the natural ways to preventing cancer and disease. If you do not purchase the book, let us know and we will get you a copy of the electronic version at a discounted rate.
- The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health
- Natural Cures
Sources and References
- Global, Regional, and National Cancer Incidence, Mortality, Years of Life Lost, Years Lived With Disability, and Disability-Adjusted Life-years for 32 Cancer Groups, 1990 to 2015
- WHO Cancer key Facts
- Cancer facts & Figures. South Africa
- CANSA Statistics