The Risk Factors For Cancer

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NOTE: This article is not a substitute for sound medical advice. Please consult your Primary Medical Provider for all things health/wellness related.

Before I go into this subject, as you all know, I must define what we are talking about. Cancer by definition is unchecked growth of mutated cells, which, in turn, will cause cellular death and eventually the death of the organism as a whole. An alternate definition of cancer is a disease caused by uncontrolled cellular growth that destroys body tissue.

This article lists the risk factors for cancer. This article will also list what you can do to lessen your risk for cancer, especially if cancer is in your family history.

INTRODUCTION

Cancer was the second leading cause of death in 2017

(https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db328.htm), following only heart disease. Cancer has many causes, from environment to parasites. Cancer claims almost 600,000 people annually (roughly 1620 people daily- https://www.verywellhealth.com/how-many-people-die-of-cancer-each-day513641). The projected numbers of cancer are staggering. By 2030, according to researchers, the incidence of cancer in developed nations will increase 75%. The researchers warn that many nations (First World and developing nations) will enter into a pandemic of cancer, primarily as the Baby Boomers enter into old age, plus those in the Generation X cohort (the oldest in that generation are in their early 50s) will bear the majority of new cases.

The following list of risk factors will highlight just a handful of the many risk factors of cancer. I have also included a list of ways to lessen your risk of cancer, especially for those of you who have a family history of cancer.

INCREASES RISK

1. Family history

2. Use of recreational drugs

3. Poor diet

4. Being overweight/obese

5. Abuse of alcohol

6. Radiation exposure

7. Exposure to sun

8. Various chemicals

9. Viruses/bacteria

10. Hormones

11. Lack of exercise/stress.

DECREASES RISK

1. Smoking cessation (of any and all products from tobacco to marijuana)

2. Finding an outlet of stress

3. Knowing risk factors and family history

4. Avoiding radiation exposure

5. Diet and exercise (exercise for at least 30 minutes per day, diet to limit consumption of red meat, limit consumption of starches, sugars and carbonated drinks)

6. Limit alcohol consumption (wine, liquor, beer).

7. Keep BMI under 25

8. Incorporate more cruciferous fruits and vegetables into diet.

CONCLUSION

The factoids and the lists above are only the beginning. For those of you who want more information, please use the resources at the end of the article to get you started. Cancer is a killer, but through several lifestyle choices, it can be prevented to begin with. Knowledge is the “Master Key” of the basics.

THE BASICS ALWAYS WIN.



SOURCES

https://www.verywellhealth.com/how-many-people-die-of-cancer-each-day-513641

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db328.htm

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/246061.php

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/cancer

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes.html

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20370588

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Kente Bates

OSN Fitness Expert Kente Bates is a personal trainer, writer, and coach. He has been involved in sports and fitness for over 20 years. You can reach him on twitter: @halcyonfg16. His health/fitness blog, Halcyon Fitness Group : halcyonfitnessblog.wordpress.com and his email (where you can ask questions concerning health, fitness or anything relating): halcyonfitnessgroup@gmail.com

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