Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world. Yet, many of these deaths can be avoided, TUNDE OGUNTOLA writes on how to prevent this scourge.
Cancer is one of the most well-known topics on the planet, yet there is so much that can reduce your personal risk of developing cancer that you might not know. Basically, there are over 100 types of cancer. It is the number two killer in developed countries and number one killer in underdeveloped countries.
Though cancer was once referred to as a “wasting disease,” it’s actually the result of abnormal cells that multiply and spread out of control, damaging healthy cells along the way. Most cancers result in tumors but those that affect the blood do not. Cancer can occur in any part of your body.
Right now, due to poor lifestyle habits, poor diet, lack of information, the medical community’s refusal to embrace holistic therapies, and the exorbitant cost of conventional cancer treatment. Sadly, statistics
The deputy medical director, MedicAid Radio Diagnostic Center, Dr. Ibrahim Hyelakumi speaking to LEADERSHIP during a press conference ahead of a four-day summit targeted at broadening the horizon of cancer care team managers, epidemiologists, statisticians, government agencies, global cancer survival in countries with low resources and would also incorporate a capacity building workshop for old and new cancer data collection, centers advised Nigerians to avoid tobacco in all its forms, including exposure to secondhand smoke to prevent cancer.
Dr. Hyelakumi also urged Nigerians lead a healthy lifestyle to prevent the scourge.
‘’Eat properly; reduce your consumption of saturated fat and red meat, which appears to increase the risk of colon and prostate cancers. Limit your intake of charbroiled foods (especially meat), and avoid deep-fried foods.
‘’Physical activity has been linked to a reduced risk of colon cancer, and it may even help prevent prostate cancer. Exercise also appears to reduce a woman’s risk of breast and possibly reproductive cancers. Exercise will help protect you even if you don’t lose weight.
‘’Obesity increases the risk of many forms of cancer. Calories count; if you need to slim down, take in fewer calories and burn more with exercise.
‘’If you choose to drink, limit yourself to one to two drinks a day. Excess alcohol increases the risk of cancers of the mouth, larynx (voice box), esophagus (food pipe), liver, and colon; it also increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Smoking further increases the risk of many alcohol-induced malignancies.
‘’Avoid unnecessary exposure to radiation and get medical imaging studies only when you need them. Check your home for residential radon, which increases the risk of lung cancer. Protect yourself from ultraviolet radiation in sunlight, which increases the risk of melanomas and other skin cancers. But don’t worry about electromagnetic radiation from high-voltage power lines or radiofrequency radiation from microwaves and cell phones. They do not cause cancer,’’ he said.
Dr.Zainab Bagudu who is the founder MedicAid Cancer Foundation said that most people have a combination of treatments, such as surgery with chemotherapy and or radiation therapy.
She said some treatment options also include immunotherapy, targeted therapy, or hormone therapy.
According to her, ‘’Some people with cancer will have only one treatment. But most people have a combination of treatments, such as surgery with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. You may also have immunotherapy, targeted therapy, or hormone therapy”.
On a final note, a healthy diet, plenty of water, adequate rest, regular exercise, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol, and (in general) treating your body as well as you’d like your body to treat you are the front line defense against all disease – especially cancer.