What is cancer?
Cancer is not just one disease, there are more than 200 types of cancers which can occur at any part of the body!
Our bodies consist of trillions of cells. All parts of body including blood, bones, organs, muscles, tissues, neurons,
and skins are composed of cells. Normal cells constantly reproducing by dividing and multiplying to replace old
damaged cells. Normal cells grow and die and will be replaced by new cells in an orderly fashion. When these orderly
reproduction of cells get out of control and reproduce themselves in an abnormal fashion, excess cells are formed to be
known as tumor. In most of the cases, these tumors are not life threatening; they are called "Benign tumors", not
cancer. But once these cells begin to divide and multiply, they become cancer cells forming "Malignant tumors".
Why people get cancer?
Cause of cancer could be due to many factors. There could be one or multiple reasons that one gets cancer. According to
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking is number one, and Obesity/poor nutrition/inactivity is number two
leading risk factor/cause of cancer in the US. Occupational exposure such as carcinogens, chemicals and toxins present
in the atmosphere and work hazard, viruses, family history/genetics, excessive alcohol consumption, UV and ionizing
radiation, and prescription drugs are other leading risk factor/cause of cancer in the US.
There are still many unknowns there, but the good thing to know is that not long ago, many cancers were once fatal, are
now curable and treatable than ever before. Both genetic and/or environmental factors may cause one to get cancer!
Vitamin D and Cancer Prevention
Vitamin D has been shown to block the growth of cancer cells. 75% of colon and breast cancers can be prevented if
vitamin D levels in blood maintains between 40-60 ng/ml, according to research published by Dr. Cedric F. Garland,
University of California San Diego, School of Medicine. 75% - 80% of people in the United States have below normal rang
of vitamin D in their body.
According to observational studies, the rate of breast cancer decreases by about 30% when vitamin D levels are greater
than 40 ng/mL comparing to lower levels of 20 ng/ml. It appears that, risk of getting breast cancer decreases
substantially as vitamin D levels increase from very low levels, less than 10 ng/ml to 20-30 ng/ml. That rate decreases
at a slower pace from 20-30 ng/ml levels to around 50 ng/ml.
Higher Cancer Cases in Western Countries
Reported cancer cases in the United States and other western countries are four times higher than those of third world
countries. The same research believes the main reason is due to the life style and more consumption of key food that
have long history of medicinal properties which they fight cancerous cells at molecular levels.
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Cancer is the second cause of death
in USA, 1 in every 4 people dies from
cancer in the United States!
USA cancer death rate has increased
nearly four times since 1900!
1 of 5 deaths in USA is due to
smoking, based on the recent
studies of the Center of Disease
Control and prevention!
Smoking is related to more than
twenty types of cancer. Smoking also
increases the risk of getting heart
diseases and stroke!
40% of people in the USA will be some
point during their life span!
1450 people are diagnosed with some
type of cancer in the USA everyday!
30-35% of all cancer deaths are due
to obesity, bad diet, and physical
1/3 of cancer deaths could be
avoided through prevention!
90-95% of all cancers are due to
environmental factors, and the other
5-10% are genetics!
One in every eight women gets breast
75% of breast and colon cancer
deaths could be prevented if vitamin
D range in blood would be
between 40-60 ng/ml!
Studies shows that healthy diet and
physical activity are important key
factors to reduce the long term risk of