With new data showing that the number of cancer cases are expected to increase over the next several years, it is clearer now than ever that the odds of getting cancer comes with an overwhelming risk. This despite researchers working against the clock to find a cure to stop the risk from developing further.
New evidence from the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that the number of people diagnosed with cancer will increase to 21.6 million people per year compared to the estimated 14 million in the year 2012. Researchers estimated this number of diagnosed cancer patients to rise by the year 2030 with the number of cancer-caused deaths to rise, as well.
From more than 40 countries, over 250 scientists worked to collect the data that suggested these numbers. The official report that was released the day before World Cancer Day took aim at blaming the risky lifestyles that people now choose and may continue to choose in the future. This blame included, but was not limited to, tobacco, alcohol, consumption of processed foods and lack of exercise. But even as this report is recent, scientists have always warned against these and so many more.
In fact, what does not cause cancer these days? In the world today people are exposed to tobacco, alcohol, processed foods and even air pollution, radiation, toxins and chemicals, but it doesn’t stop there. Tanning, sun exposure, contact with chemicals and radiation cause skin cancer; smoking and air pollutants are the major cause of lung cancer, and scientists have even believed that cancer can also be caused by drinking and eating certain foods, using a cell phone too much, wearing makeup, or even using non-stick cookware.
It is true that cancer-causing agents are all around us (even though some reported agents may not actually be cancer causing) and with everyday life there is an overwhelming risk of cancer diagnosis. There are many changes that can be made for each lifestyle to reduce the risk of cancer but there are also many reported signs of cancer and new research suggests that cancer cells are constantly forming in each person’s body, though the immune system fights off the cancer cells. With this information, researchers are suggesting that taking great care of a person’s immune system is the first key to reducing the risk of cancer.
Dr. David Brownstein from Michigan suggests the reason for cancer is because of the ways that people weaken their immune systems without even knowing it. Doing things such as taking an excessive and unnecessary amount of medications, having poor nutrition, or being exposed to environmental toxins can all weaken a person’s immune system thus causing a high cancer risk. Though Dr. Brownstein suggests holistic medicine, taking care of the body is important.
While scientists continue to fight the battle against cancer, breakthrough drugs are now proving to be effective, giving hope to many. The breast cancer drug created by Pfizer has been proven effective in a mid-stage clinical trial. While this so far is only a small win for the company who is still working on testing the drug in a variety of settings, the hope to find a cure for cancer is increasing.
As researchers continue to work on a cure, the number of affected people with cancer continues to grow. With the overwhelming risk of getting cancer, doctors continue to suggest that routine check-ups should be part of everyone’s life. Catching cancer in the early stages is still the most important factor for treatment.
By Crystal Boulware