Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. It is a major health problem affecting millions of people every year. Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in the body that can lead to tissue or organ damage.
We are constantly exposed to carcinogenic substances in the environment such as pollutants, smoking, secondhand smoke, alcohol, unhealthy diet, sun exposure, family history and processed foods that are loaded with carcinogens and internally by free radicals. All of which could contribute to DNA damage in our body.
Symptoms Of Cancer
Unexplained weight loss
Unusual lump or swelling anywhere in the body
Changes in skin texture
Shortness of breath
Change in bowel or bladder habits
Unusual breast changes
It is important to know your body and consult your doctor if you notice a change which is not normal.
Do Vitamin Supplements Really Cause Cancer?
Too Many Vitamins May Cause Cancer.
It is well known that pollution, poor diet, sun exposure, family history may cause cancer. But Vitamin Supplements may also cause cancer.
Taking extra vitamins and minerals do more harm than good. A major study found that excessive intake of dietary supplements increases the risk of cancer and heart disease.
Two trials of beta-carotene supplements found taking more than the recommended amount of dosage increased the risk of developing heart disease and lung cancer by 20%.
Sufficient intake of folic acid reduces the risk of developing certain cancers but taking high dosage through fortified foods and supplements may increase prostate cancer.
Vitamin E supplementation may prevent prostate and liver cancer but high doses will increase the risk.
Use of muscle-enhancing supplements has been linked to an increased risk of testicular cancer, this may be due to the addition of steroids.
This is not to say that people need to be afraid of taking vitamins and minerals. If taken at correct dosage vitamin supplements can be good for you.
But it is recommended to eat foods that are good sources of folic acid, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Beta-carotenes to prevent cancer.
Eating Too Much Sugar Cause Cancer?
A diet that is high in sugar has been associated with the risk for certain types of cancer. Sugar is the White death and cancer’s favorite food. Table sugar is sucrose and it is made up of glucose and fructose.
Added sugars such as high fructose corn syrup may increase the risk of colon cancer, small intestine cancer, and breast cancer.
People with cancer must not eat sugar since it can cause cancer cells to grow quickly and multiply at a faster rate.
Eating lots of sugar can cause you to gain weight. Being overweight can increase the risk of 13 types of cancer.
Stick to the natural sugar found in fruit and easiest way to lower added sugar is to avoid soft drinks which are the largest source of sugar.
Can Very Hot Drinks Cause Cancer?
A new investigation by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found people who drink very hot beverage may increase their risk of developing cancer.
Very hot drinks that are above 65 degrees Celsius can burn the esophagus that seems to trigger cancer. Such burns from hot drinks can damage the cells of the esophagus and might cause mutations that allow the cells to grow faster.
The esophagus is lined with squamous type epithelial cells the same type as the skin. The esophagus gets burned repeatedly and the repeated injury and the regeneration of lining replicate incorrectly in the DNA and forms cancer.
So to save your esophagus do not drink anything extra hot.
Does Drinking Out Of Plastic Bottles Cause Cancer?
Some studies have been shown that small amounts of chemicals from plastic bottles and containers can move out into the food or drink. But the levels of these are very low.
The level of chemicals in food or drink can depend on things like how the bottle or container treated. In the experiment, they have heated plastic bottles to high temperature as high as 60˚C for many hours.
The levels of chemicals that move into the food or drink are usually far under levels that are considered unsafe.
So there is no convincing evidence to show using plastic bottles or plastic containers increases the risk of cancer.