It is without a doubt that cancer has caused many deaths across different countries over the years. 

The World Health Organisation reported that cancer was responsible for over 78,800 deaths in Nigeria in 2020, with breast and cervical cancers accounting for the majority of deaths. 

But, do we know why? Can we outline the things that cause cancer? It turns out that many of us do not know the causes, and it is one of the first steps to reducing the death rate. 

What Causes Cancer?

Any substance that causes cancer is called a CARCINOGEN. According to a WHO study, around one-third of deaths from cancer are due to tobacco use, obesity, alcohol consumption, low fruit, and vegetable intake, and lack of exercise. Heredity may sometimes appear to be the reason for cancer, especially when the same types of cancers run in families. 

Other carcinogens include:

Prevention

Just like they say, prevention is better than cure. It’s better to do all we can to prevent the disease than deal with it. 

To reduce the risk of developing cancer;

Many experts recommend genetic testing for cancer risk when someone has a personal or family history that suggests an inherited cancer risk condition. The results will provide information that will help guide a person’s future medical care. 

Treatment

Treatment options for cancer depend on several factors, including the type and stage of cancer, general health, and preferences. Some of them include:

 

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