On World Cancer Day 2014 – How are we doing?
There is good news and bad news from the World Health Organisation’s February 3, 2014 International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) report.
“Cancer is the most curable of all chronic diseases. Cancer survivors are probably the best source of spreading awareness”
Rajeev Kumar, senior consultant oncologist, Rockland Hospital, Qutab Institutional Area, February 2014.
“Neither is cancer hereditary or contagious, only in 5%-10% of cases, cancers are hereditary. But the most common symptoms of cancer are caused by genetic changes that occur throughout a person’s lifetime. Diligently following eight norms, including maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, protecting oneself from the sun and getting screening tests done, can help lower one’s risk of cancer. Diet can also influence some cancers. Cancers of the stomach, bowel, lung, prostate and uterus are more likely to develop if your diet is high in fat and low in fruit, vegetables and fibre”
Manish Singhal, Senior Consultant Medical Oncology, IOSPL at Fortis Hospital, Noida, February 2014.
The Bad News
- Cancer has jumped to the #2 cause of death with 8.2 million deaths per year
- There is 14 million new cases per year now
- This is predicted to jump to 22 million per year by 2020
- The top cancer killers were those of the lung, liver and stomach
The Good News
- Lung, liver and stomach cancer are all preventable
- AROUND 90% OF ALL CANCERS ARE NOT GENETIC, NOT HEREDITORY AND CAN BE PREVENTED THROUGH DIET AND LIFESTYLE CHANGES
- The agency called for countries to consider stronger legislation to encourage healthier lifestyles, including measures to tackle consumption of alcohol and sugary drinks