This year, more than 1 million Americans and more than 10 million people worldwide are expected to be diagnosed with cancer, a disease commonly believed to be preventable. Only 5–10% of all cancer cases can be attributed to genetic defects, whereas the remaining 90–95% have their roots in the environment and lifestyle. The lifestyle factors include cigarette smoking, diet (fried foods, red meat), alcohol, sun exposure, environmental pollutants, infections, stress, obesity, and physical inactivity.
In this review, we present evidence that inflammation is the link between the agents/factors that cause cancer and the agents that prevent it. In addition, we provide evidence that cancer is a preventable disease that requires major lifestyle changes.
Cited from : Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Pharm Research. 2008 September; 25(9): 2097–2116.
Read that again. Really think about it.
Can you believe it?
According to the annual report published by the American Cancer Society, about 1,660,290 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2013, and in 2013 about 580,350 Americans are projected to die of cancer, almost 1,600 people a day. Cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the US, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.
Can you believe that 580,350 people are projected to die this year when 522,315 of those cases could possibly have been prevented?
That is astounding.
I can sit here and write about all the things that you can do to try to prevent cancer. Stop smoking, eat nutritious food, veggies, fruits, reduce your stress, exercise, and the list goes on an on.
But we already know all that. We have been bombarded with the information for years now.
Why do the numbers keep rising?
I think that we are so paralyzed in thinking that we have to do ALL of it, that we in turn don’t do ANY of it.
You know how it is when you are busy, your life is full of stress, full of work, and you need to do things fast. You run through the drive thru to grab a bite as you are running late to your next appointment. Or you don’t make it to the gym because there are just not enough hours in the day.
We are all there right now. That is what many of our lives have become.
So when we are told that we have to cook from scratch, do yoga, relieve our stress, go to the gym and eat healthy in addition to all the other things we HAVE to do to maintain our households, IT IS JUST TOO MUCH.
So we don’t do anything.
Then the guilt sets in.
Does any of this sound familiar? Is it just me, or am I on the right track for you too?
Stop bullying yourself. Stop being so hard on yourself. For sure, let the guilt go. ( Those are the things making you sick, by the way…)
Do one little thing.
Give yourself permission to start by doing one little thing to begin your journey towards not becoming a statistic.
When I was at the beginning of my journey, I started with food. I began shopping organic. That led to lots of cooking, educating myself and it spiraled from there. But it began with one little step.
Your path will be your own and it is not pre-determined. Your steps, large or of the baby variety, will pave the way for your health journey. Your own personal journey that you can create as you go.
Begin now with the knowledge that we are all flawed and you are not being judged (only by yourself).
The only key (in my humble, or not so humble, opinion) to making your positive small changes lifelong, is getting back on the wagon when you fall off.
What step(s) will you take?