There is said to be over 200 types of cancer and it’s considered to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide.
In a fast-paced world filled with pollution and mass production of foods, some health-related issues are out of our control. However, you can greatly reduce your risk of cancer by avoiding tobacco, limiting your alcohol intake, limiting UV ray exposure, maintaining a healthy diet and staying physically active.
Let’s look at 2 great vices: Tobacco and Alcohol
Tobacco is the leading cause of cancer and of death from cancer. Even second hand smoke can cause cancer because it has many harmful chemicals that damage our DNA. Chemicals from tobacco smoke enter our bloodstream and can affect our entire body.
For this reason, tobacco causes many different kinds of cancers, it’s not just limited to the lungs. It can also cause cancer of the larynx, mouth, esophagus, throat, bladder, kidney, stomach, pancreas, liver, colon and rectum. This is almost every part of your body so it’s not surprising that tobacco is the biggest killer.
There are more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke and at least 250 of them are known to be harmful. These harmful chemicals include carbon monoxide and ammonia. Yuck. Of the 250 harmful chemicals found in tobacco, 69 of them can cause cancer.
Tobacco use accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths, causing 87% of lung cancer deaths in men, and 70% of lung cancer deaths in women. Women smokers are are 25.7 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non smoking women. For men smokers, the r
isk is 25 times more.
The good news is that lung cancer is the most preventable form of cancer in the world.