This disease is often the result of being exposed to particles and chemicals in the air. Smoking is one of the leading causes of this disease. The best way to reduce the risk of having this disease is to quit smoking or to never start this unhealthy habit. However, not all people diagnosed with lung cancer are smokers. Some can be quitters, and some may have never smoked at all.
Unfortunately, not all lung cancers can be prevented. The good thing is, there are various ways you can lower your risk. If you’re not a smoker, don’t start. Also, as much as possible, stay away from people who are smoking to avoid breathing in their smoke, as secondhand smoke can increase your chances of developing lung cancer.
2. Cancer in the Philippines: Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is that occurs in the the colon or the rectum. These two areas constitute the large intestine that further processes the food that we eat for absorption and ultimately, excretion.
In 2020, The Global Cancer Observatory reported that the second highest number of new cancer cases in males in the Philippines were colorectal cancer cases.
Some factors that increase the risk of colorectal cancer include being obese or overweight, a diet high in processed and red meat and low in fiber, physical inactivity, heavy alcohol intake, smoking, aging, and family or personal history of polyps or cancer, and tobacco use.
Most cases of colorectal cancer begin with a polyp. It is a tiny growth on the lining of the rectum or colon. This disease is more easily treated if detected early. Thus, screening plays an important role. However, in the Philippines colorectal cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths.
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