FEA­TURE

You Could Be Eat­ing Can­cer

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Ev­ery Day

When was the last time you heard about some­body vis­it­ing a doc­tor for an or­di­nary ail­ment only to find out that they had can­cer of some sort...? Also, you will agree that in many such cases the suf­ferer is some­one who does not smoke or drink, and has lived a rel­a­tively ac­tive life. So then, what is it that is help­ing this dis­ease to spread? What makes us all so vul­ner­a­ble? From where are th­ese car­cino­gens en­ter­ing our body? There are many such ques­tions that have been an­swered through cred­i­ble agen­cies. How­ever, the full in­for­ma­tion on such find­ings does not reach us of­ten. The rea­sons are mul­ti­ple: com­mer­cial in­ter­ests of busi­ness con­glom­er­ates, pri­or­i­ties of govern­ments, ig­no­rance among con­sumers…

The num­ber of can­cer cases world­wide is ex­pected to in­crease to 75 per cent by 2030, and most of th­ese cases will come from Asia Pa­cific. Ac­cord­ing to In­ter­na­tional Agency for Re­search on Can­cer (IARC), a World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion en­tity, In­dia had 1.8 mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing with can­cer (within five years of di­ag­no­sis) in 2012. Dur­ing that year, about a mil­lion new cases were recorded, while about 683,000 deaths due to can­cer were reg­is­tered.

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