ancer is caused by genetic changes (mutations) in the DNA of cells. Inside a cell, DNA is organized into many individual genes, each of which contains a set of commands that tell the cell what operations to undertake as well as how to develop and divide. Inconsistencies in the instructions can cause the cell to stop working normally and even turn cancerous.
Cancer is primarily caused by a gene mutation. Numerous other substances can cause cancer, and Zantac is one of them. Cancer has been linked to Zantac contaminated with NDMA, a carcinogenic chemical. After taking Zantac, cancer symptoms started showing up in users. Zantac has been linked to colon, bladder, and prostate cancer.
What causes cancer?
Every year, approximately 18.1 million new cases of cancer are identified worldwide. Furthermore, cancer remains the second-leading cause of death in the United States, with over 1.7 million people diagnosed each year.
Cancer is not caused by a single factor. According to scientists, cancer is caused by a combination of several factors. Individual genetic or environmental factors may be at work. Cancer is caused primarily by mutations, or changes to the DNA in your cells. Mutations in the genome can be transmitted from generation to generation. They can also appear after birth as a result of environmental factors. In addition, radiation and ultraviolet rays, asbestos, cigarette smoke, air pollution, alcohol, contaminated food, and drinking water are some of the external causes, also known as carcinogens.
Cancer can be developed in the initial years or can be acquired over time. In the case of childhood, it is usually initiated by stem cells. They are simple cells capable of producing other types of specialized cells required by the body. So, the exact cause of cancer during childhood can be associated with sporadic (random) cell change or mutation. For adults, it can be caused due to the development of cancerous cells in the epithelial cell. Cancer develops as a result of repeated exposure to these cells in the environment. As a result, adult cancers are frequently referred to as acquired.
Can you cure cancer with food?
One of the most traumatic situations in a person’s life is a cancer diagnosis. Many patients report feeling as if they have lost control over their bodies. Some patients seek miracle cures or diet plans to take back control. Much of the advice is well-intended, but these cures, as well as diets, are more often than not promoted by individuals or companies looking to take advantage of a cancer patient’s vulnerable state.
Generally, vitamin supplements, drink mixes, and special herbs are examples of cancer-fighting products. Often, these remedies have been used to treat illness for thousands of years in distant countries. Others are fads. These miraculous cures affect no one except the patients’ wallets. Then what exactly should a person diagnosed with cancer consume?
Many people profess that “special” diets will effectively cure cancer or keep it from coming back. Maybe you’ve even fallen prey to such speculations. You must have heard that you should go vegetarian/vegan, or start a raw food diet. These are major changes so, before actually making any significant changes, it is highly advised that you consult your doctor. As of now, there is no such thing as a cancer-curing diet. There is also no convincing evidence that any diet, including a vegetarian diet, can reduce the risk of cancer recurrence.
When a patient is diagnosed, they frequently feel inclined to eat nutritious food and change their lifestyle. This is analogous to heart patients discovering that a burger does not make a good lunch option. So, if you have been diagnosed with cancer, or know someone who is on this path, then it is advised that you should adopt a healthier diet. This will in no way help you in curing cancer nor will it cease the progression of the cancerous cells. All it will do is help you feel better during treatment and make your body stronger and more able to fight the disease.
A balanced diet rich in lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy is your best bet. Here are some fruits and vegetables that cancer patients can consume.
For vitamins and fiber, eat bananas, oranges, peaches, kiwis, mangoes, strawberries, and pears. You can also get energy from prunes, avocados, apricots, guava, and figs. Cancer patients can try this brilliant recipe for strawberry banana split pudding.
You can include pumpkin, tomatoes, peas, carrots, and turnips in your diet. They are high in fiber and vitamins. Tomatoes are beneficial, particularly for prostate cancer patients. Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower can also be added. Plant chemicals in these vegetable aid in the conversion of bad estrogen to good estrogen. This reduces the likelihood of relapse.
Cancer is a very dangerous disease. We wish you well and hope you recover faster if you have been diagnosed with the condition.
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