Reasons For Higher Cancer Rates

Nowadays the medical industry is very progressive. Vaccines can save us from life threatening diseases, STDs can be easily avoided, surgery isn’t as dangerous as it used to be and there are a lot more effective medications and treatments.

Apart from this, you’ll be surprised from the increased number of cancer related deaths. The number of cancer rates has increased by 20 to 50 percent, depending on the country and illness in the past half millennium.

Well, it seems like most of the reasons why this is occurring is due to our generation and the different shift in economy and lifestyle. Here are some of the reasons why cancer rates are higher and what you can do to reduce the chances of acquiring them.

Obesity

A few decades ago the problem with obesity was minimal and mostly affected people in higher statures. Nowadays, more and more people are affected by obesity, even children. This is believed to be due to the financial crisis, lack of exercise and weight control.

When going to a grocery store you are most likely to purchase 10 pieces of high fat and sodium filled noodles than vegetables. People who live within a budget would do anything to prolong meals than to shell out for something healthy. What is more, there is also the problem with consumerism, fast food and the huge lack of exercise. Unless being forced to exercise, most people are not willing to get on moving.

Weight management is also a big factor. We are not aware of how many calories we intake, which food is bad and how many minutes of exercise a day can help manage weight. Obesity is associated with colon, esophageal, pancreatic, kidney and thyroid cancer. The best way to reduce obesity rates is to educate ourselves about healthy eating, the importance of exercise and weight management.

Age

Sixty percent of all confirmed cancer diagnosis are from people over the age of 55. This number is expected to rise in the near future. This is due to the increase of mortality rate in the world. Fifty years ago, the life expectancy was 60 years of age. Now, the life expectancy has increased to 73 to 79.

The increase in the median age has also increased the numbers of cancer diagnosis. People tend to live a lot longer than a few decades ago increasing the chances of acquiring cancer.

Estrogen Levels

The first birth control pill was introduced to the open market in the early 1960s. It was a high estrogen oral contraceptive that was approved by the FDA. In the 1940s estrogen was pills were connected to complications such as infertility, abnormal blood clotting and cancer.

Today, there are a lot of pills or female targeted contraceptives that can increase estrogen levels to dangerous amounts. This is why it is important for women to consult their doctors before taking any type of contraceptive. Ask about safer alternatives and which ones won’t have too many side effects.

Stress

Besides normal mental stress, our body also undergoes emotional stress, malnutrition, poor digestion and environmental stress. Fortunately, our body is able to adapt to different stress depending on its condition. On the other hand,  if we are not able to sleep enough, get enough nutrition and have the right amount of calories, our body will start to break down.

Continued bombarding with stressors will make you more susceptible to numerous diseases such as heart disorders, mental illness and cancer. Cells have to be nourished to be able to fight off stress. The only way we can keep them nourished is to have balanced hormones, eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep and try to reduce stressors and.

Here are some of the reasons why cancer rates are higher and what you can do to reduce the chances of acquiring them.

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