Covid-19: What You Need To Know
Cancer is one of the scariest illnesses of our modern times. Sometimes cancer cannot be avoided, but certain lifestyle choices can increase our risk of getting cancer.
#1. Breast Cancer – 26% of all cancers.
#2. Lung Cancer – 14% of all cancers.
#3. Colon Cancer – 10% of all cancers.
#4. Uterine Cancer – 6% of all cancers.
#5. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – 4% of all cancers.
#6. Ovarian Cancer – rare but deadly.
70% to 80% of cancers are caused by environmental factors. Only 20% to 30% of cancers are caused by genetics.
Certain environmental factors directly impact the integrity of the immune system. If the immune system becomes weakened over a long period of time, cancer cells accumulate and eventually cause cancer. The top environmental factors tied to causing cancer are:
Diet is one of the biggest contributors to the integrity of the immune system since more than 85% of the immune system is in the digestive system. The digestive system is directly impacted by the foods we eat.
Dietary factors directly cause abnormal hormonal changes, insulin resistance, and being overweight. It can lead to early menarche (before age 12), dense breasts, polycystic ovaries, or uterine fibroids which are direct risk factors for breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer. Lifestyle choices like prolonging the first pregnancy until after age 30, no pregnancy, not breastfeeding, or taking medications like birth control pills/hormonal therapy, or Tamoxifen also increase the risk of developing breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer.
Any one of these risk factors linked with environmental factors, like chronic stress, sleep deprivation, radiation exposure, and/or tobacco use, can tip the immune system to becoming fairly weak. Cancer cells eventually to exponentially grow over decades and eventually cause full-blown cancer.
Most cancers can be avoided successfully. If you would like to learn more about your cancer risk and how to prevent cancer, please contact Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. If you are being treated for cancer, Dr. Bhandari can help you strengthen your immune system and fight the cancer more effectively.
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