One good thing about cancer is that it is impartial. It never differentiates between riches and rags, children or adults, males or females. It treats everyone the same. But, that’s really not good! Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases in world and accounts for a large number of deaths globally every year. In this article, we are going to learn about 20 terrible cancer facts that will leave your surprised and shocked.
Terrible Cancer Facts: 1-5
1. Cancer is not just one disease. It is a set of diseases which is characterized by ‘out of control’ and ‘abnormal growth’ of cells which do not die.
2. These cells grow and form into tumor. There are two types of tumors, the first being benign tumor, which doesn’t cause any further problems and don’t detach itself from where they develop or grow.
3. The second and dangerous type is the malignant tumor which is cancerous and has a tendency to transfer from one part of the body to the other part through a process known as metastasis.
4. There are approximately 200 different types of cancer. Some of the most widespread types seen are breast, lung and prostate cancers.
5. Men are more susceptible to prostrate, lung, colon and rectum cancers while women tend to suffer from breast, colon, stomach, lung and cervical cancers.
Terrible Cancer Facts: 6-10
6. The people of African American race are more likely to die of cancer than any other race.
7. Ancient Egyptians first discovered cancer in 1600 BCE. It is present in Edwin Smith’s Papyrus. The book consists of a procedure to remove breast tumors by name “Fire drill.”
8. There is no doubt that breast cancer is one of the commonest types of cancer among women but left breast is more susceptible to cancer than the right breast.
9. Genetics contribute to mere 5-10 percent of cases of cancer while ecological or environmental factors contribute to 90-95 percent.
10. Microwave popcorn, grilled red meat and farmed fish are certainly delicious foods but watch out the next time you eat them as these are potent foods which could cause cancer.
Terrible Cancer Facts: 11-15
11. The foods that have “diet”, “light” or “fat-free” in their names have to be avoided or at least consumed very little to stay safe from cancer.
12. 33% of cancers are caused due to high BMI, low fruit and veggie intake, alcohol and tobacco use.
13. Worldwide, cancer is responsible for more deaths even surpassing the number of deaths caused by AIDS, TB and malaria combined.
14. There is another reason to love gold. Gold has to be injected in the bloodstream to help our body to fight against cancer.
15. Johnson and Johnson’s products are synonymous to baby care, but think twice before you buy again as the company’s baby powder usage is linked to ovarian cancer.
Terrible Cancer Facts: 16-20
16. Does hair color of a person increase the risk of getting cancer?? Study says, “yes”. People having red colored hair are more vulnerable to cancer than others.
17. It’s not just humans and animals that get cancer but plants too are under the risk of getting cancer.
18. Cancer is more common among pilots and flight attendants as they are more exposed to UV rays than other people.
19. According to WHO reports, the number of cancer cases would rise to 70% in the next score years but the number of cancer cases getting treated are also increasing.
20. Nitric oxide (NO) helps in healing cancer by inhibiting the cancerous cell growth and by helping in the growth of normal and healthy cells.