37 Cancer Facts You Need to Know - But Probably Don’t
Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the
standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer
patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just
means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached
the detectable size
- Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.
- When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.
- When a person has cancer it indicates the person has toxicity, inflammation and nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
- To overcome nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.
- Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and which can also destroy rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc., and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, etc.
- Radiation while destroying cancer cells may also burn, scar and damage healthy cells, tissues and organs.
- Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.
- When the body has too much toxic burden the immune system is either
compromised or destroyed, the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.
- Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.
- An effective way to battle cancer is to STARVE the cancer cells by not feeding it with foods it needs to multiple.
- Popular cold cuts, sausage, and hot dogs contain nitrates – you’ll see them on the label as sodium nitrate and potassium
nitrite. Nitrates are chemical additives used in processed meats in order to preserve them and add flavor. Preparation with high heat and ingestion causes a chemical reaction with the digestive fluids in your body, converting nitrates to nitrites – a known carcinogen. Nitrates also filter into groundwater from the use of fertilizer so consider using a filter for drinking water.
- Globally, approximately one in every eight deaths is caused by cancer. In fact, cancer causes more deaths than malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS combined. Developed countries have higher incidences of cancer. Experts believe it is a combination of diet and lifestyle that affects our overall health.
- The most common cancer diagnosed in women cancer is of the breast. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women. Breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer are the most common diseases for which women are diagnosed.
- Lung, prostate, and stomach cancer are the most common diseases for which men are diagnosed. Survival rates for lung cancer are less than 20%. If you smoke and have a job where you inhale toxins, your chance of survival drops to just over 3%.
- People aged fifty-five or older have the highest cancer risk. Approximately 77% of all cancers diagnosed are found in men and women of this age group.
- Research has revealed that obesity increases your risk of cancer. It can also affect your chances of survival should you be diagnosed with cancer. In one study of post-menopausal women with breast cancer, the survival rates were higher in
women who maintained a healthy body weight.
- You may experience no symptoms of ovarian cancer, lung
cancer, or colon cancer until the cancer cells spread to other areas of your body. Early screening is imperative to catching these cancers in time.
Skin cancer is the cancer diagnosed most often. The number of detected skin cancer cases increases steadily every year. The popular myth is that exposure to the sun causes skin cancer, but this is not completely accurate. Sun exposure is
actually good for you and increases your body’s production of vitamin D (via the interaction of ultraviolet light with cholesterol in your skin). Thirty minutes of early morning or late afternoon sun on your hands and face is enough to get your recommended dose of vitamin D. But you don’t want to burn, as this might cause DNA damage and eventually cancer, so be careful. But do not use chemical sunscreen, as it filters out helpful ultraviolet light and also causes cancer.
The main chemical used in sunscreens to filter out ultraviolet light is octyl methoxycinnamate (“OMC”), which has been shown to kill mouse cells even at low doses. Plus, it was also shown to be particularly toxic when exposed to sunshine. OMC is present in 90% of sunscreen brands! The most popular brands ofsunscreens also contain other toxic chemicals (such as dioxybenzone and oxybenzone) that are absorbed through the skin where they enter the bloodstream, generate free radicals, wreak havoc on the immune system, damage the liver and the heart, and even promote systemic cancer.
- Healthy cells have a built-in ability to self-destruct. The scientific name for this process is called apoptosis but health writers refer to it as “cell suicide.” This is the process by which the cell recognizes that damage is present and destroys itself to protect the rest of the body. In cancer cells, this automatic process is absent but scientists don’t know why. Cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and heart disease have all been linked to a breakdown in apoptosis.
- There are foods that can naturally trigger damaged cells to selfdestruct via apoptosis. Green tea, berries, turmeric, avocados, garlic, kale, and even dark chocolate are just a few of the foods that target and destroy cancer cells.
- Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Note: Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc., are
made with Aspartame and are harmful. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. A better alternative is Bragg’s Aminos or Himalayan salt.
- Cow’s milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Think of it as a place for bacteria to grow like scum on the top of a green pond. Cancer feeds on bacteria.
- Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat clean fish, and a little chicken or turkey rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock
antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.
- Cancer thrives in an acidic environment. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruit help put the body into an alkaline juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular
levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try to drink fresh vegetable juice and eat raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104
degrees F (40 degrees Celsius).
- Avoid coffee which is acidic. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water is best to drink purified, or filtered to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic; avoid it.
- Toxins in the body can cause cancer. Regular detoxification using such modalities as infrared saunas are essential.
- Cancer is the single name assigned to more than 100 diseases. It is the result of abnormal cells that multiply and spread out of control to various points in your body, damaging healthy cells along the way. Most types of cancer result in tumors but cancers that affect the blood do not.
- Only a very small percentage of cancers (less than 5%) have a genetic link.
However, despite the fact that research indicates that we likely did not inherit a “cancer gene” from our parents, most of us did inherit our “mother’s cookbook” and were likely exposed to the same toxins as our immediate family, so cleaning up our diet, exercising, and detoxification are all extremely important.
- Environmental toxins can increase your risk of cancer. The air you breathe, the water you drink, and the foods you eat are all important. Pollution, heavy metal toxicity, and even household cleaning products can damage the cells in your body and increase your risk of cancer. Your home and workplace are the two places you spend the majority of your time. Ensuring your personal safety must be a top priority.
- Smoking causes more than 90% of all lung cancer cases. Interestingly, it’s not actually tobacco itself that causes the cancer – it’s the chemicals that are used in the process of making the tobacco product that cause cancer. Quitting is the number one preventative measure you can take right now to decrease your cancer risk. Even non-smokers are at risk from secondhand smoke.
- Sleep deprivation – defined as less than six hours per day –
increases your risk of cancer. The benefit of healing sleep is one of the most underestimated ways to keep your body strong and cancer-free.
- Every day, more than forty children are diagnosed with cancer – more than 14,000 per year in the United States alone. Cancer (or more accurately the conventional “treatments” for cancer) is the #1 killer of children as a result of disease. Today, cancer (and cancer treatments) will claim the lives of four children – more than complications from congenital birth defects, type 1 diabetes, and asthma combined. The survival rates among children with cancer are not improving because the conventional treatments (chemo and radiation) actually cause cancer and very little emphasis is placed on finding the cause of the disease rather than merely treating symptoms (tumors) by shrinking them with carcinogenic chemicals like