Top 10 Potential Causes of Cancer

Every day we are bombarded with information that point towards the materials that are potential causes of cancer. From mobile phones and microwaves to food items, many things that we rely on in our daily life can evidently be causes of cancer. Now we may not be able to do away with a lot of these things, but we can be more mindful about our exposure to the top 10 causes of cancer.

Read on to understand what causes cancer –

 

Genetics

In certain cases, cancer may run in the family due to similar habits that present high exposure to cancer causing elements like smoking and obesity among others. Though cancer itself is not transferred from one generation to the next, one may inherit an abnormal gene that can cause cancer.

 

Tobacco and Smoking

When we research about what causes cancer, smoking constitutes one major reason behind the disease Tobacco contains harmful substances such as nicotine, benzene, methanol, cyanide, etc. and when we consume this mixture through cigarettes or cigars, our body absorbs the carcinogenic smoke that increases the risk of cancer by affecting the genes in our body. Studies show that regular smokers have a higher risk of suffering from lung cancer than non-smokers.

 

Improper Diet

Improper diet is also considered as one the most important cancer causes. Eating well is an important part of reducing the risk of getting cancer. Researchers advise that it is best to stick to a diet of fresh and whole foods that are free of preservatives. This is because in many cases, packed food labeled as sugar-free, low-fat or low-calorie may contain substitutes that are harmful or carcinogenic.  

 

Physical Activity

Being physically inactive affects our body’s metabolism and studies have shown that regular exercise can prevent the cells in our body from multiplying. Controlling your weight with physical activity at least 3-4 times per week has the potential to reduce cancer risk, obesity, as well as heart diseases.

 

Sun rays

Sunlight is the primary source of Vitamin D but overexposure to the ultraviolet rays emitted by it can put one at risk of getting skin diseases or skin cancer.

 

Electronic Radiation

The low-energy electromagnetic radiation emitted by devices like mobile phones and microwave ovens increase the risk of being affected by cancer. In order to reduce the risk, it is advised that we use such devices in moderation.

 

Vehicular Pollution

This is known to be one of the most potent cancer causes. The exhaust from vehicles create a complex mixture of soot and gases, that when exposed to for too long, can cause lung cancer. If you are exposed to such toxic air regularly, you can take simple precautions like using a mask and covering your face while travelling.

 

Cosmetics

The appearance of multiple cosmetic products in the market has led to a considerable rise in the risk of contracting skin cancer. Certain makeup products, hair dyes, antiperspirants, etc. contain chemicals that may be carcinogenic and show up as skin rashes or allergies that can be symptoms of skin cancer.

 

Increase in the Cellular Phone Towers

The widespread use of cell phones have led to a rapid increase in the number of cellular phone towers in our cities. They receive and transmit radiofrequency (RF) signals, which are given off into the environment, that could constitute a potential health hazard to humans.

 

Medical Tests and Treatments

Medical tests and treatments are considered to be an important part of our healthy life. But there are some types of tests and treatments that also have the potential to increase a person’s risk of developing cancer. One should consult their physicians to understand what causes cancer before undergoing the prescribed medical tests.

 

Nowadays, most of us would know someone in our close circle who would be suffering from this fatal disease. All of us are aware that cancer doesn’t just exact its toll on a person’s health, but also drains their finances. There are several ways to raise funds for cancer, but if those fail to do the job, we need to look at alternative methods such as crowdfunding just like Guru, whose friends raised INR 4,55,090 to finance his expensive Leukemia treatment

If you, or anyone you know is affected by the disease and needs treatment, help them raise funds for it by starting a crowdfunding campaign on Impact Guru today! 

8 Symptoms of Cancer Most People Ignore

With our busy lifestyles taking a front seat, we don’t always pay attention to little aches and pains simply because they seem too minor to worry about. But the truth is that even the most common ailments may be early warning signs to the deadly disease – Cancer. The best way to treat cancer is through an early diagnosis, when it is small and hasn’t spread, making it easier to treat or remove surgically. Not only is an early diagnosis vital from a health point of view, but also financially, because the treatment required would be milder, and hopefully less costly.

 

While being mindful of our everyday habits that are potential causes of cancer is important, it is equally important to be aware and attentive to certain changes in your body that might be early symptoms of Cancer.

 

So if you have any of the following symptoms, it’s time to take them seriously.

Lumps and bumps

This one is especially for women. If you notice any lumps or bumps, it may be a symptom of Breast Cancer. Doing regular self-examination is the best way to stay safe. Enlarged lymph nodes in your body may also be a sign of Blood cancer.

 

Coughing and wheezing

Coughing, wheezing, or coughing blood may be signs of Lung cancer, or even cancer of the thyroid glands. If you notice it repeatedly, make a visit to your doctor at the earliest.

 

Change in bowel movements

Unless you’ve drastically changed your diet or started taking some new medication, a change in your everyday bowel movements (frequency, size, colour, pain, irritability) should be immediately checked out by your doctor.

 

Unexplained weight loss

According to the American Cancer Society, if you lose more than 10 pounds of weight unexpectedly, without a change in diet or physical activity, it could be a sign of Pancreatic cancer, Stomach cancer, or Lung cancer.

 

Appetite loss, nausea, or vomiting

If you start to feel too full after a small meal, or start feeling nauseated or you vomit, repeatedly over a period of time, it could be a sign of Liver cancer.

 

Bumps on the mouth of tongue

Bumps on the mouth or tongue that are white in color are reasons to check with a professional doctor for Mouth cancer. They may even appear on your gums or throat.

Skin problems

Changes on your skin can vary from rashes and allergies, to changes in moles and freckles. If you see such problems on a recurring basis, you should check with your doctor for Skin cancer.

 

Unusual bleeding

Any bleeding without actually having hurt yourself may be a cause for worry. It can be blood in the urine, feces, genitals, nose, or throat. Additionally, when wounds and bruises take longer to heal, it may be a sign of a major problem. Do not ignore it and get yourself checked immediately.  

 

Having any of these symptoms may not necessarily indicate cancer, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.

 

If you or anyone you know is fighting Cancer, lend them a hand in such trying times, and help them raise money for treatment. When other ways of raising funds such as medical insurances and loans do not suffice, crowdfunding may come as a ray of hope to many.

 

Start a crowdfunding campaign on Impact Guru, and mobilize people to donate towards yours, or your loved one’s treatment fund. If all of us come together to pool in small sums of money for cancer patients, there will be more survivors than sufferers!

 

World Health Day: Let’s Talk about Depression

“Your life is great, what do you have to be so sad about? Why don’t you go out and get some fresh air? You’ll feel better then.”  And they all mean well, but the depression plagues on.

 

World Health Day celebrated every year on April 7th is an international day dedicated to celebrating healthcare and awareness. The World Health Organisation has decided that this year, World Health Day will be themed around depression.

 

So ‘Let’s talk’ about depression!

 

The reason that this World Health Day 2017 campaign is titled ‘Depression: Let’s talk’, is because we don’t talk about it enough. Reasons can be attributed to the stigma around mental disorders. One viable way to combat the stigmatism is by getting a deeper understanding of what depression is, how it affects a sufferer, and the steps one should take to treat it, or even bring it under control. Hopefully, awareness will reduce the tainted impression that people have of the sufferers, and it will foster an ambience where they feel comfortable in talking about it, and consequently address it in a healthy way.

 

We’ve established that depression is not an uncommon disorder, whether it is clinical depression or double depression. So now let’s talk about what depression feels like. It is much deeper than the feeling of extreme sadness that people portray it to be. People who’ve been through it have explained that it makes you feel isolated, sad, and unworthy in your own skin. It is a constant mental battle against hopelessness, self-loathing, guilt, and anxiety. These feelings can be triggered by incidents that most people would otherwise consider trivial. For instance, a friend who is innocently teasing you for “being no fun”, without the slightest clue of the effort it has taken you to get out of bed this morning.

 

The people around you deeply affect how you feel about your condition. On one hand you’ll have people saying that they’re here for you and that you’ll come out of it eventually (even if they mean well), and on the other hand you’ll have someone telling you to quit this “cry for attention”. In both cases, the consequence is suppression of depression. This can lead to a host of other problems, both mentally and physically. Depression increases a person’s risk of substance use disorder, as well as hikes up the risk of diabetes and heart disease. And the worst of all is the ultimate consequence – suicide, which is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-olds.

 

What the Depression: Let’s talkcampaign really aims to affect, is the number of sufferers who not only acknowledge their mental illness, but also seek help to overcome it. Depression is one of the leading illnesses where mental health is concerned. But the real problem arises when people actually suffering the mental disorder are unable to access the treatment that will help them lead a healthy life, one day at a time.

 

When you try to keep things hidden, they fester and ultimately end up revealing themselves in a far more destructive way than if you approach them with honesty,” says Hollywood actress Kristen Bell, in her essay about struggling with depression.

 

Visiting a professional therapist has rescued many from this mental prison. Depending on the degree of depression, some sufferers might be prescribed medication to overcome it. While medication is not a permanent fix, it is surely a step in the right direction, providing the sufferer a possibility of living without the feeling of worthlessness.

 

As for the scenario of mental health in India, the parliament passing the Mental Health Care Bill that was proposed by the Union Health Minister JP Nadda, is a progressive step in acknowledging and beating the stigma around the subject. As per the directives of this bill, every person will have access to mental health care services that are funded by the Government. Additionally, the bill decriminalizes suicide attempts, making it non-punishable. One hopes that the aim is to actually address the problem in the correct way, rather than shame sufferers for having a health problem.

 

If you want to join in on this endeavour by the WHO, the first step begins with people around you. There might be someone you know who is fighting a battle in their head everyday. You can help them get help. If it is the fear of speaking out about it, tell them that they don’t need to feel like this anymore, that there is a way around it.

 

If it is about the financial constraints of getting professional treatment, help them raise funds by starting a crowdfunding campaign and mobilising people to help your loved one get treated. In addition, being aware is the key to solving any problem.

 

You can even start a fundraiser to host an event that spreads awareness about mental disorders like depression and anxiety, and guide people in the right direction for treatment.

 

At Impact Guru, we want to lend a hand to those who need help, and we encourage all of you to do so as well.

 

Start a fundraiser to treat mental disorder. Or click here to watch a video on what crowdfunding is.