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Cancer Causes and Symptoms - External Factors

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Cancer is caused by both external factors (tobacco, chemicals, radiation and infectious organisms) and internal factors (inherited mutations, hormones, immune conditions, and mutations that occurs from metabolism).

We will go into the external factors a bit more detail here.

Smoking has shown to cause cancers of the lungs, the throat and mouth. Cigarette smoking and exposure to certain chemicals such as benzene, a component in gasoline and cigarette smoke, are risk factors for myeloid leukemia. While not all smokers will get cancers, smoking indeed increases the chances a person getting other diseases. An estimated of over 215,000 new cases of lung and bronchus cancers are expected in 2008, accounting for about 15 percents of all cancers diagnosed. Tobacco smoking increases the risk of pancreatic cancer. All forms of smoked and smokeless tobacco products combined with excessive alcohol consumption can cause and increase the risk of oral cavity and pharynx by 30 times.

Drinking too much alcohol has been shown to increase the chance of getting mouth, throat, kidney, liver and other cancers. It's even worst if a person is both a drinker and a smoker.

Often exposed to X-ray can cause cancer. Exposed to sunlight without proper protection can cause skin cancer.

Drinking water that is chemically treated, polluted with heavy metal, and other contaminants increases the chance of getting cancer. Plastic water and food containers can release bisphenol A, a substance that has been suspected of being hazardous to humans since the 1930s, which has raised concerns about the use of it in consumer products in 2008. Heating water and foods (especially high in fat) in the microwave, the combination of high heat, high fat and plastic releases dioxin, a highly poisonous substance that can cause cancer, especially in the breast. Plastic food wraps should not be microwaved and do not drink from bottled water kept in the car under heat.

Cancer is also the result of dehydration complications.

While different types of cancers have different signs symptoms, the ones listed below are the most common, noted by cancer patients. All of these symptoms may have causes other than cancer and should be diagnosed by a doctor. Early detection and treatment can save lives since cancers that have not spread to adjacent tissue or distant organs can be effectively treated in most cases.

  • Change in bowel or bladder habits
  • Thickening or lump in breast
  • Nagging cough or hoarseness
  • A sore that doesn't heal
  • Indigestion or difficulty swallowing
  • Persistent, low-grade fever
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge
  • Obvious change in a wart or mole
  • Paleness
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Excessive or easily bruising
  • Repeated infections
  • Appetite and weight loss
  • Unusual and persistent headaches accompanied by visual or behavioral changes
  • Nagging pain in the bones or elsewhere that has no apparent cause

If you spot one or more of these symptoms, see your doctor. Early detection is key in treating cancer and maintaining a healthy and balance lifestyle is cancer prevention in the first place.

About 70% of the bodies’ weight is water. It is the very thing the body needs most. Water is accountable for many body functions. Drinking enough clean and fresh water not only improves your overall health and well-being, it may also prevent you from many ailments and sicknesses. Give your body the quality water it deserves and in turn, it will serve you with the optimal health and appearance you have always desired. For the best possible water for your health, right from the faucet, for pennies per gallon, please visit . After all, who wants to fill 70% of their bodies’ weight with impurities, toxins and chemical treated water?

Try eliminating harmful substances from getting into your body as much as possible is one way to lower your chances of developing cancer.


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