There are approximately 30,000 genes in our body. Every day they regulate the work of different types of cells to keep things running smoothly — repairing bones, carrying oxygen, fighting bacteria and managing all the processes that keep us going. Most of the time they function in the way in which they’re designed. But sometimes the genes that control cell growth go out of whack, enabling cells to multiply out of control. That’s how cancer begins. Any cell in our body can turn cancerous if it can divide; it builds up mistakes in certain genes; and these defects cause it to grow out of control.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), “studies show that more than 50 percent of cancers could be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Cancer-related behavioral risk factors of include but are not limited to:
- Behavioral genetics
- Obesity and Energy balance
- Physical inactivity and sedentary behavior
- Sun safety/UV-protective behaviors and tanning
- Alcohol use
- Sleep and circadian function
- Adherence to cancer-related medical and behavioral regimens”
“As an oncologist, when people ask me if there’s a cure for cancer, I say, ‘Yes, good health is the best prescription for preventing chronic diseases, including cancer.” Lisa C. Richardson, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.
You might have been born with a mutated gene, or it might have been caused by external influences, such as smoking or unhealthy foods. Although cancer that is caused by a genetic mutation can be treated, the genetic mutation itself is either permanent or hard to repair. Luckily many cancers are preventable and reversible in early stages. QHC Wellness Institute is committed to providing our patients with exceptional care.
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