7 Latest Facts About Cancer: Who Is At Risk And How To Prevent It
February 8, 2019 07:53 By Fabiosa
The number of new cancer diagnoses keeps growing every year. Sadly, cancer even replaced cardiovascular diseases at the top of the mortality statistics.
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In 2018, the International Agency for Research on Cancer prepared a report on the incidence of cancer in 20 world regions. The new data is quite striking. Here are some of the scientists’ conclusions.
1. It was estimated that there would be 18.1 new cases of cancer and 9.6 million cancer deaths in 2018 worldwide.
2. Lung cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer and keeps claiming the most lives of both women and men.
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3. The second and third most commonly diagnosed are breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men, followed by colon cancer.
4. The leading cause of cancer death among women is breast cancer, while cervical cancer ranks fourth.
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5. Cancer-related incidence and mortality depend on factors of economic and social development of countries, lifestyle and income of the population, as well as awareness. Thus, in low-income and middle-income countries of Asia and Africa, most cases are detected in later stages, when the chances of recovery are very poor.
6. In emerging economies, cancer is observed to be transitioning the most. Malignant tumors associated with infection and poverty are being replaced by more ‘civilized’ types that are common in economically developed countries.
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7. Scientists assume that cancer of various organs will remain the main cause of death and the main obstacle to longevity.
Despite the gloomy predictions, there are certain preventive measures that can lower the risk of developing this terrible condition:
- include plenty of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and nuts in the diet;
- go for whole grain cereals;
- cut out sugar and unhealthy fats;
- consume low-calorie foods.
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Physical activity is also of great importance. It helps control weight, keep the body in good shape, and facilitates a positive mindset.
It is necessary to be cautious during a long stay in the sun – be sure to cover your head and body with light air-permeable fabrics.
Regularly have medical checkups.
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We hope we managed to encourage you to take care of yourself. And with that, you can avoid diseases even as severe as cancer. Stay healthy!
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