To Understand Health Cancer Prevention, We Must Understand Causes, Risks, and How Cancer Survives
Cancer can strike at any time and your risks can start at birth. Many patients diagnosed with cancer today are treating the symptoms and trying to kill cancer after it has already taken over their bodies. This treatment method is extremely hard on your body, mind, and soul. Some patients put harmful chemicals in their bodies that causes other cancers later on in their life and they become very sick for a very long time. This has been the method of choice for too long now. There is a healthier cycle to choose that prevents this cancer treatment from happening in the first place starting with the quality of food, water, air, and quality of life.
Before we get into the new health cycle of cancer prevention, let’s discover why cancer health awareness is so important today.
Why Cancer Prevention and Health Awareness is So Important Today
To understand the importance of cancer prevention, we need to identify the cancers that are increasing in numbers and why.
The National Cancer Institute identifies the most common cancers happening in 2018 and reveals 1,735,350 new cancer cases will be diagnosed this year and around half of those will not survive. If nearly half of those will not survive, that means the current treatment methods for cancer are only about 50% effective.
Here are the most common cancers being diagnosed in 2018:
- Breast cancer
- Lung and bronchus cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Colon and rectum cancer
- Melanoma of the skin
- Bladder cancer
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Kidney and renal pelvis cancer
- Endometrial cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Liver cancer
Now let’s analyze this list. What is this list telling us? It appears the most common cancers can be broken down into body systems. Narrowing down the body systems affected mostly by cancer, we can find connections leading to causes and preventions.
Here are the body systems most commonly being affected by cancer
- Endocrine System
- Respiratory System
- Integumentary System
- Digestive System
- Urinary System
- Blood and Lymphatic System
The importance of these body systems affected by cancer tells us our bodies are being introduced to something so powerful and harmful that it can change our DNA in those systems and cause mutations.
We can see it is possible to introduce a cancer-causing agent to all of these body systems. These cancer-causing agents are increasing around us and are at the highest levels they have ever been leading to a serious health concern world wide.
What Could be the Cancer-Causing Agents, How Are They Connected to the Body Systems Most Commonly Affected by Cancer, and Who is at Highest Risk for These Cancers?
All of these body systems can be connected to the quality of food, water, air, and quality of life.
Here are cancer-causing agents associated with those 4 categories:
- Food – Alcohol, processed meats, sugar (causing diabetes linking to cancer), fungal contamination in grains, food coloring, Chinese-style salted fish, pesticides on fruits and vegetables, increased coffee consumption, salty snacks, chemical additives, and preservatives, microplastics, contamination, etc.
- Water – pharmaceuticals, herbicides, pesticides, arsenic, lead, chromium, fluoride, haloacetic acid, volatile organic compounds, Trihalomethanes, etc. Cancer-causing agents have been found in water before treating water. Not all are filtered out during purification and filtering, and new cancer-causing agents are introduced during the purification process. Even natural spring water can contain some levels of carcinogens like chromium or arsenic.
- Air – pollution, particulate matter, diesel engine exhaust, solvents, metals, dust, smoke, and chemicals. We can also include sun or UVA/ UVB exposure in this factor.
- Quality of Life – sleep, stress, exercise habits – “Stress has a profound impact on how your body’s systems function,” says Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D.
These cancer-causing agents can cause cancer from birth until later in your life. They accumulate in our bodies. Some of them can be removed naturally by the body if the levels are low enough but most will stay with us for years adding up until the body has reached its toxicity level.
This is why it is so important to limit these cancer-causing agents as soon as possible and to start a new health cycle in our children.
If you are exposed to any of these categories for long periods of time, you are at high risk for the most common cancers found in the United States. If you have any underlying disease that affects the body systems described above, you are at high risk for these cancers as well.
How Does Cancer Grow and Spread in the Body
Cancer starts with the introduction of the cancer-causing agents we discussed and by continually feeding it with prolonged exposure to those agents. Your body will try to fight it but if your immune system is down from poor nutrition, exercise, and quality of life, cancer will spread.
The cancer-causing agents actually alter DNA in those body systems. The body has it’s own repair mechanisms to repair the DNA defect. The body cannot repair itself forever or if there is too much to repair than it can handle. This is why prolonged exposure to these cancer-causing agents can be so devastating to the body.
How Can You Prevent Cancer in Your Lifetime
- Do not live in areas with oil and fracking sites, polluting factories and large cattle farms.
- Limit exposure to air pollution. This surprisingly includes exposure to gas-powered lawn tools! Pollution from lawn and garden tools will pass emissions from cars in the year 2020 if we don’t make a change to eco-friendly lawn tools.
- Move to an area with minimal pesticide and herbicide usage.
- Drink filtered chemical free water. Spring water has the least amount of contaminants but still has traces of carcinogens that can still add up in your system such as arsenic which is naturally found in the environment. Learn more about bottled water and water filter solutions here.
- Bathe in clean filtered water. Your skin is porous. Cancer-causing agents can be absorbed by your skin. Learn how to filter your shower and bath water.
- Eat organic chemical free foods
- Eat foods high in antioxidants to support immunity
- Get the right nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.
- Limit Sun Exposure
- Improve your quality of life
- Add air-purifying indoor houseplants. Indoor air pollution can be WORSE than outdoor air pollution. These 6 NASA recommended air purifying plants might save your life one day.
- Reduce your stress levels
- Practice regular exercise and wear eco-friendly workout clothes to reduce microplastics that will soon cycle back into the food you eat.