February 4th is World Cancer Day.
Did you know that there are about 200 known different types of cancer?
The incidence of cancer is highest in developed countries, particularly in Northern America, Australia and New Zealand and in Northern and Western Europe.
What causes cancer?
There is no single cause for any one cancer. According to the Union for International Cancer Control - these are the factors that can play a role in whether you get cancer or not:
- Cancer causing substances (carcinogens)
- Age (many types of cancer become more prevalent with age)
- Genetics (inherited high risk for a specific cancer)
- The immune system (a weakened immune system means you may be at more risk of developing some types of cancer)
- Body-weight, diet and physical activity can play a role
- being overweight or obese,
- alcohol consumption
- tobacco - smoking
- ionising radiation
- work-place hazards
What are the signs and symptoms of cancer?
- Coughing, breathlessness
- Changes in bowel habit
- Unexplained weight loss
What is cancer?
There are two different types - benign (which is what you hope you have) and malignant (which has spread - also called mestatisized).
Cancer can be classified according to the following categories:
The full fact sheet about cancer is here - Cancer Explained
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By Paul Swarbrick
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