Hoping for a cancer free world
Whenever there is an adversity, the world is in dire need of rescue or someone is about to give up, Hope is all that’s needed to sail us through. When the world says, “Give up”, Hope whispers, “Try it one more time”. Hope is a single tool that can silence a million guns and it alone has the power to arouse a million hearts. When someone is diagnosed with Cancer, their world comes crashing down. People tend to think that it’s the end of road for them. But, this shouldn’t be the case!…..because with Action Cancer Hospital, there’s always hope.
As per the latest estimates, we lose 12.7 million fellow brothers and sisters to cancer every year. What’s more shocking is that by 2030, there will be 21.4 million new cases of cancer annually, and 13.2 million deaths. These statistics says that we are nowhere near a cancer free world.
But, hope we have and fight we will! Action Cancer Hospital has been transforming lives with its world class services and a unique care culture that is omnipresent across all departments. Our panel of doctors lists some of the most prestigious and renowned names in the field of Oncology.
This World Cancer Day, we are starting a fight against cancer, and we want you to be a part of it. World Cancer Day is celebrated on 4th February and is the singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. What began as a small initiative by Union for international Cancer Council in 1933, has now turned into a massive global event that spans a consortium of more than 470 cancer-fighting organizations spread all over the globe. World Cancer Day targets the public through global communications, and encourages policy makers and UICC member organizations to make cancer a political priority.
Come, join us and the whole world in making planet earth a better place for cancer patients and re-ignite hope!
What is Cancer?
Cancer is an abnormal and uncontrolled division of cells which are able to invade and damage the organ in which they develop and also invade other organs in their vicinity. Cancer cells can also spread to other parts of the body through blood. Apparently it is difficult to identify reasoning for most cancers. However, certain risk-factors like smoking, chewing tobacco etc. are known to increase the chances of one getting cancer. The substances, excessive exposure of which can lead to cancer are called carcinogens.
What causes Cancer?
If you smoke or chew tobacco, you are more likely to develop cancer of the lung, mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder and pancreas. Smoking is thought to cause about a quarter of all cancers. The heavier you smoke, the greater the risk. If you stop smoking, your risk goes down considerably. Workplace chemicals such as asbestos, benzene, formaldehyde etc. If you have worked with these without protection you have an increased risk of developing certain cancers like urinary bladder cancer, lung cancer and skin cancers. For example, a cancer called mesothelioma is linked to past exposure to asbestos.
A common question often asked is “Doctor I have never taken any alcohol and tobacco in my entire life and I have always lead a healthy lifestyle, still I developed cancer, what actually happened?” There are certain other risks related to causation of cancer although they are highly variable in different settings:-
Age: A good majority of certain cancers like breast cancer, prostate cancer are attributable to age. The reason for this lies in the fact that as you become older, there is an unappreciable accumulation of damage to cells in the body over time. Also, the body’s defenses and resistance against abnormal cells may become less as you become older. For example, the immune system which may destroy abnormal cells usually becomes less efficient with age. So, eventually one damaged cell may manage to survive and multiply indefinitely into a cancer. Woman after 40 years of age and men after 50 years of age should undergo regular cancer screening programme to detect them at the earliest stage when they are most curable. Lifestyle factors: Diet and other lifestyle factors may increase or decrease the risk of developing cancer. For example: If you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables you have a reduced risk of developing certain cancers like gastro-intestinal cancers. The precise manner in which they protect against cancer is not fully understood. They form the ‘roughage’ which leads to efficient fecal clearance and less exposure of intestines to harmful chemical and by-products in the body, thus preventing cancer formation. These foods are also rich in vitamins and minerals and also contain chemicals called ‘anti-oxidants’ which neutralize these harmful chemicals formed in the body.