Our Vices Have Consequences: Lifestyle Related Cancers Are On The Rise

Making healthy choices can reduce your risk of pretty much all cancers, but it’s commonly known that some cancers are strongly linked to some unhealthy behaviors. Cigarette smoking can lead to lung cancer, tanning can lead to skin cancer, drinking can lead to liver cancer, esophageal cancer, and colorectal cancer.

Somehow, though, the number of people with primarily lifestyle-related cancers is on the rise, even though we know what the major risk factors are.

A new study out of the University of Washington shows that more public health education and preventative measures are needed to stop the increasing number of these cancers.

The study is the largest, most comprehensive analysis of cancer related health outcomes that’s ever been conducted. It reviewed over 29 cancers between 1990 and 2016 in 195 countries around the globe. Basically, it was huge.

It found that lifestyle-related cancers universally saw an increase, but cases of cancer due to infection, such as cervical and stomach cancers, went down during the same period.

They also learned that a lot more cancer patients die in developing countries than in the Western world, suggesting that we can do more to equip other countries with the resources to fight those cancers.

Worldwide over the 26 years, lung cancer caused the most deaths in men, and breast cancer in women.

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Bernadette McCready, 42, of Airdrie, Scotland, said she was prevented from accessing vital health services once she revealed her cannabis use. McCready had gone to the Royal Alexandra Hospital last June for a surgery. However, physicians told her she needed to leave after she disclosed she had been using cannabis oil to help treat symptoms related to a hysterectomy she had in 2012.

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