8 Cancer Facts that can save your Life

8 Cancer Facts that can save your Life

By: Arlene Gentallan

8 Cancer Facts that can save your Life

1. About half of cancer cases is a preventable. Did you know that about 90%-95% of cancer causes are due to unhealthy lifestyle, while only 5%-10% is attributed to genetics. Healthy lifestyle such as avoiding red meat and processed foods, quitting smoking, regular exercise, and enough sleep pays more days to your life.

2. If you can afford tobacco, then you can afford cancer. Smoking tobacco is the leading cause of lung cancer.

3. Indoor tanning causes more cases of skin cancer than smoking. This is because tanning lamps emit ultraviolet (UV) light.

4. Sleeping less than 6 hour each night like when you are working the night shift increases your chance of having colon cancer.

5. Eating processed meats and preserved foods can increase your risk of cancer because they contain nitrates as preservative. Nitrites in the form of sodium nitrate and potassium nitrate, is a known carcinogen.

6. Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines (Cervarix and Gardasil) can prevent cervical cancer. Hepatitis B vaccination can prevent liver cancer.

7. Early detection is important in successful treatment of cancer. Early detection tool includes self breast examination to detect breast cancer; pap smear to detect cervical cancer; digital rectal examination, and prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test to detect prostate cancer; fecal occult blood test (FOBT) to detect colon cancer.

8. There are about 28 million cancer survivors worldwide according to the American Cancer Society.