If you are like most Americans, you have experienced a cancer diagnosis first-hand, either for yourself or a loved one within your immediate family. Even with ongoing research and funding, cancer will still arise in 1.6 million people living in the United States, according to The American Cancer Society. While that number is staggering, there still is hope. Information and preventive action can definitely help your odds. Read ahead for the deadliest types of cancer and how to prevent them.
7. Liver Cancer
The liver is one of the largest and most vital organs in the body. Unfortunately, liver cancer patients don’t experience any obvious symptoms at first. While the World Health Organization estimates 30 cases for every 100,000 people worldwide, there are some ways to avoid it. Cutting back on excessive alcohol consumption is number one, since the toxins in alcohol filter right through the liver and affect its health. Diabetes is another major contributor, so keeping a healthy diet is crucial, as is regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight.Related: 11 Liver Damage Signs You Can’t Ignore
6. Lung Cancer
In the 1950s, our media glorified cigarette smoking by making it seem sexy, manly, and even a dieting technique. But those days are gone, and it’s time to put out the flame. Smoking is undeniably linked to major health complications, but especially lung cancer. Lungs are soft, porous organs that filter the air you breathe over twenty thousand times per day. While toxins from air pollution and asbestos have been proven to be linked to lung cancer, there is no bigger culprit than cigarette smoking. In the year 2000, 90% of all lung cancer cases were linked to cigarette smoking in the modern world. If that’s not reason enough to quit the puffing, think of those around you. Second-hand smoking is also just as dangerous, impacting over 3,400 cases in the US alone.
5. Esophageal Cancer
Sometimes called the “food pipe,” your esophagus is about ten inches long and connects your throat to your stomach. It delivers food, water, and digestive enzymes as you chew, swallow, breathe, and eat. Esophageal cancer is especially deadly as it is prone to spreading, (also called metastasizing) particularly to the liver, blood, stomach, and lymph nodes. As with other forms of cancer, tobacco, either smoked, chewed, or snuffed, is a huge risk factor. Excessive alcohol plays a huge part as well, but is especially risky when combined with tobacco use.