Startling Cancer Facts


The Threat:

  • Cancer will affect one person in three before age 75.
  • Cancer and its complications will kill one person in four.
  • Cancer causes 12% of all deaths on Earth = 7 million.
  • 10 million North Americans have cancer; 600,000 will die from it this year.
  • There are 10 million new cases of cancer worldwide annually, on the rise to 15 million.

Risk Factors for Cancer:

  • Poor dietary habits = 30%
  • Smoking = 30%
  • Hereditary factors = 15%
  • Infection = 5%
  • Workplace exposure = 5%
  • Obesity & lack of exercise = 5%
  • Alcohol = 3%
  • UV-ray exposure = 2%
  • Pollution = 2%
  • Drugs = 1%
  • Other = 1%

How Diet Helps:

“The continuous presence of anti-angiogenic molecules as supplied through diet helps the body’s natural defense mechanisms stop tumors at a harmless stage. … the use of anticancer molecules present in food as a therapeutic weapon constitutes an essential method of maintaining these tumors at a latent stage and keeping them from progressing to an advanced stage of lethality.”

Foods that Fight Cancer:

  • Brussels sprouts
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • cabbage
  • garlic
  • onions
  • spinach
  • watercress
  • flax seeds
  • tomato paste
  • turmeric
  • black pepper
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • raspberries
  • dried cranberries
  • grapes
  • dark chocolate (70% cacao)
  • citrus fruit juice
  • green tea
  • red wine

Excerpted from Foods to Fight Cancer by Richard Beliveau and Denis Gingras.

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4 thoughts on “Startling Cancer Facts

  1. Hi, Mike.

    Good to hear your doing well. Much better than I did and I’m thankful for that.

    Well, its probably the first two factors that did me in. I smoked and I had a diet that consisted of primarily fast food. Ate a Wendy’s 99 cent double cheese burgers EVERY day for lunch and sometimes for diner.

  2. It’s interesting to learn that of the three biggest factors — diet, smoking, and heredity — we can do something about the first two but absolutely nothing about the last one. ^__^

  3. I’m going to reduce my potential cancer risk with a hearty diet of dark chocolate, raspberries and red wine. Brussels sprouts, however, will have to be ingested by some other sucker.

  4. Wow, the stats (under “the threat”) are mind-numbing! How does that compare to, say, the 1970s or 80s? Growing up, cancer seemed far more rare than it does today. (But I’m not sure if that’s accurate, or if people just didn’t talk about it as much.)

    And I wonder how the cases are geographically dispersed — where the higher concentrations of cases are (e.g., North America vs., say, Mediterranean countries).

    BTW — I love your new header pic 🙂

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