Estate Planning What Exactly Is Cancer And How Do I Get It? Things You Need To Know About Cancer These are questions my children wanted to know after their granny (my mother-in-law) got diagnosed recently with cancer. Before answering them I started to ask the same questions, why do people actually get cancer? First, let’s get clear on what cancer is. According to NHS, cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs. Cancer is caused by changes to genes that control the way our cells function, especially how they grow and divide. When a cell divides, it makes two more cells in the process. Sometimes, an error can happen during this process, and the cell grows out of control, which can lead to cancer. This is why it is important to have cancer screenings, which are tests of your cells to make sure that they are not becoming cancerous. Now that I learned what cancer is, I wanted to know what exactly causes it? A little googling and I found out that the main reasons are genetics and environmental triggers but what does that mean? Does it mean we inherit it or does it mean we’re predisposed to cancer? I started to wonder if it was food-related seeing that most food now is genetically modified and is processed or produced using lots of pesticides? So many questions and not enough studies to get to the root cause. Did you know this about cancer? • Cancer is the leading cause of death for adults around the world under age 60. • About 2 million people in the US are diagnosed with cancer each year, about 25 % of all adult cancers. • The rate of new cases of cancer is 19.3 million per year • The cancer death rate 10 million per year Cancer is a disease that affects every part of our body from our skin and hair to our bones and internal organs. The most common form of cancer is breast cancer, followed by colon and prostate cancer. Cancer can affect almost any other organ or tissue in the body, including the lung, pancreas, liver, and brain. When we become ill with a serious illness like cancer, it’s helpful to understand what causes it and how it affects different parts of the body. This will allow us to make choices that lead to a healthier lifestyle for ourselves as well as others around us.
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