By Angela Bekiaris
FEBRUARY 4 marks World Cancer Day, an international day which not only raises awareness on cancer but encourages its prevention, detection and treatment.
World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration written in 2008. The primary goal is to reduce the risk and death caused by cancer. We share some must-know facts on the illness, courtesy of thetruthaboutcancer.com.
1. Cancer is the number two killer in developed countries and number one in underdeveloped countries.
2. Scientific experts worldwide agree that at least half of all cancers and cancer-related deaths are preventable.
3. Only a very small percentage of cancers (between five to 10 percent) have a genetic link.
4. Environmental factors can increase your risk of cancer. Simply things like the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the food you eat could be a risk factor.
5. Sleep deprivation – getting less than six hours of sleep per day – increases your risk of colon cancer.
6. Cancer is the number one disease killer of children.
7. In economically developed countries, 58 percent of cancer diagnoses are in people 65 years of age or older. In developing countries, people over 65 account for 40 percent of new cancer cases.
8. Symptoms are not always clear. Early screening is vital. Experts explain that you may experience no symptoms of ovarian cancer, lung cancer, or colon cancer until the cancer cells spread to other areas of your body.
9. Watch what you eat. The most common cancer-causing foods are refined sugar and flour, soda, microwave popcorn, food in cans produced with BPA, grilled or processed meat, and hydrogenated oils.
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