According to WHO statistics, about 10 million cancer patients are diagnosed annually. And this figure, according to the forecasts of the same WHO, will only grow, despite all the efforts, research and financial investments in the fight against cancer. The numbers look intimidating, and no one has yet guaranteed to bypass the ominous diagnosis. Even a new type of fear has appeared – cancerophobia.
However, the fear of cancer has been around for a long time. Back in 1955, in Life Magazine, Dr. George Cryle raised the issue of carcinophobia: “Those responsible for spreading the word about cancer have chosen the weapon of fear, believing that education is only possible through fear. Newspapers and magazines reinforce and spread this fear, knowing that the public is always curious about melodramatic and frightening facts. This has led to the fact that today fear of cancer causes more suffering than cancer itself. This fear compels doctors and patients to commit unreasonable and sometimes dangerous acts. ”
Last Updated: January 20, 2022 (A few hours ago…)
In order not to succumb to another phobia, let’s try to figure out what cancer is afraid of.
What is cancer?
In fact, cancer is a form of mitosis, that is, indirect cell division. In other words, cancer cells are normal cells that have undergone mutation. This, in turn, causes them to respond differently to signals that control the lifespan of a normal cell.
Instead of going through the normal life cycle, cancer cells continue to grow, multiply, and even invade other parts of the body. Some cancer cells form tumors not only in the affected area, but also lead to secondary malignant neoplasms (metastases) far from the primary focus.
How are cancer cells different from normal cells?
- Are of a different size and irregular shape
- Do not go through the stage of apoptosis (natural process of cell death)
- Does not function as a normal cell
- Do not respond to the actions of the immune system
Until now, it is not possible to say with certainty exactly how cancer begins and spreads and what can make it difficult or easier to fight the disease. However, scientists are gradually studying cancer cells, observing their behavior and “eating habits”.
What cancer cells “love”
What do cancer cells feed on in the human body? Cancer cells require a lot of energy to spread, more than any other cell. Perhaps that is why, once in adipose tissue, they quickly use this energy resource.
According to a study by the Sloan Kettering Institute, the presence of fat helps cancer cells to take root. While studying a type of cancer such as melanoma, scientists noticed that cancer cells actively grow near adipose tissue, absorbing lipids. The findings may lead to the understanding that obesity is a risk factor for cancer.
Oncologists have long drawn attention to the “addiction” of cancer cells to glutamine. It is an amino acid that is part of proteins and is essential for the structure of muscle tissue. Perhaps by turning off this amino acid, it would be possible to starve cancer cells to death. Unfortunately, normal cells also need glutamine. Therefore, drugs that affect glutamine levels throughout the body are too toxic to be used as a cancer treatment.
The relationship between cancer and sugar is a long, confusing and controversial story. Two common and false claims are that refined sugar causes cancer and that eliminating sugar from the diet can cure cancer. However, there is still an indirect relationship. There is no longer any doubt that obesity is associated with cancer risk. And the abundance of carbohydrates in our diets is one of the main causes of the worldwide epidemic of obesity. On the Internet, you can find information that cancer in the human body feeds on negative emotions, despondency and melancholy. But scientists have not yet reacted to this assumption in any way.
What are cancer cells afraid of?
What Kills Cancer Cells in the Body? To date, the most powerful weapons against cancer cells are radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Indeed, the aggressor cells die. But this method has many side effects: healthy cells die, the immune system is destroyed. And, then, cancer cells can mutate, increasing their resistance to radiation with each session.
It is best to take preventive measures and thereby reduce the possibility of cancer. However, one must be careful about the calls to “starve cancer cells”.
This is usually followed by an offer to skip sugar altogether, or switch to a keto diet, or eliminate dairy products from the diet. But such calls, as a rule, are not confirmed by clinical trials, which means that they cannot give any guarantees.
According to one of the leading Russian oncologists David Zaridze, preventive measures can prevent up to a third of cases of cancer:
- Eat a balanced diet and avoid too many carbohydrates. This applies to refined carbohydrates that are lacking in fiber.
- You need to monitor your weight and prevent obesity
- It is worth giving up alcohol and smoking. These bad habits dramatically increase the risk of cancer.
- Cancer cells are active in an acidic environment, which is formed when eating meat and dairy products. An optimal healthy diet should include vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruits, grains, and legumes. These products will maintain the necessary acid-base balance in the body.
- Exercise, jogging or walking in the fresh air, breathing exercises will help to activate the immune system.
- It is necessary to periodically cleanse the body of toxins. You can practice mono-diet or shatkarma, curative fasting or panchakarma.
Unfortunately, despite all the efforts of the scientific world, cancer remains a disease for which a 100% effective treatment has not yet been found. However, this is not a reason to panic and experiment with your health. We always have two fail-safe tools in our hands – a healthy, meaningful approach to life and yoga. Scientists, by the way, say the same thing, only in different words.