Wait A Second

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since I last posted, I know.. But I’ve been kinda busy. Plus, I didn’t really have much to say, I do now though.

We discussed cancer at school today, and it’s risk factors. I’m sure you guys are familiar with most of them but I’m going to list them for you again, and tell you what part of your body each may effect…you’d be surprised at how far these things can spread.. so please take very very good care and listen carefully.

A) Cigarette Smoking (active and passive)

The causative agents or mutagens and carcinogens in the cigarette include: Benzo[a]pyrene, nickel, cadmium, urethane, formaldehyde, nitrogen, oxides.

It can lead to cancer of the lungs, mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, urinary bladder, pancreas, kidney.

Spreads pretty far and wide huh?

B) Alcohol

It interacts with smoking casing cancer in the liver, mouth larynx and all the other places same as smoking.

C) Diet

Preservatives, smoking of food, saturated fats, nitrates, BBQ, saccharine (used in sugar-free foods, now has been replaced by aspartame which is also a carcinogen)

This one kinda freaked me out, because I’ve been having sugar-free gum regularly for the past 4 years…AND I’ve been giving it to practically my whole class….I don’t want to be the cause of someone’s bad health =S

D) Sexual development/ patterns/ behavior

This one is talking about  duration of exposure to hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. It includes any kind of hormone therapy such as contraceptive pills. Other things that may be risk factors are hitting puberty early (for girls), delayed 1st pregnancy and late menopause. All three of these together make a very harmful combination, because it means that a woman is exposed to the sex hormones for a longer period of time.

You might have heard that breastfeeding for longer reduces the risk of breast cancer in women. This is because during that time, the body ceases to secrete these hormones.

Also, cervical cancer is associated with early and frequent sexual contact with many partners, and also the human papilloma virus.

E) Occupational

Exposure to asbestos (used to insulate buildings) may lead to lung cancer, exposure to benzene (which is present in fuel) may lead to leukemia and exposure to naphthylamine  (present in hair dye) can lead to urinary cancer.

F) Radiation

Ionizing radiation such as X-ray and radium may lead to cancer. The type of cancer that it leads to depends on the dose, age at time of exposure and gender of an individual.

After a whole body exposure, there is an increased incidence of leukemia and cancers of breast, thyroid, lung, stomach and salivary glands.

Exposure to Radon, which is a radioactive gas, causes bronchogenic carcinoma.

G) Drugs

Anticancer drugs have the risk of causing cancer growth in another part of the body.

H) Hormones

Estrogen and progesterone increase risk of breast cancer and cancer in the uterus.

H) Infection

Certain viruses cause cancer in the lymphatic system (the system in the body responsible for protecting the body against anything it finds foreign), Liver cancer, Leukemia and cervical cancer.


Hope you’ll think about what you’ve learned here and make use of this valuable information.

You must know that in the UAE, cancer is the third largest cause of death. It falls after heart related causes and car accidents.. =(

Take very good care.




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