How does cancer develop? It doesn’t just suddenly appear, but rather is the result of processes that takes place within the cell. Cancer results from breaks in DNA, or mutations, that accumulate over time, and are linked to three categories of carcinogens. Mutations allow cancer cells to become immortal, which means they continue to make copies of themselves through duplication. It’s important to be aware of these carcinogens to reduce cancer risk.
The following scenario is how tumors are formed, with some being more deadly than others. The deadlier the tumor, the more mutations it has. Once in the bloodstream, malignant cells spread via angiogenesis, a process of new blood vessel formation, which nourishes cancerous tumors by providing nutrition and oxygen.
What causes mutations or breaks in DNA? Exposure to carcinogens. There are three categories of carcinogens that act at the molecular level, particularly on nucleic acids (DNA and RNA). This is why cancer is referred to as a molecular disease.
Categories of Carcinogens
The three categories are chemical, physical, and oncogenic. Below is a brief summary of each of these groups:
1. Chemical Carcinogens
- Chemicals, such as radon, asbestos, benzene, arsenic, acetaldehyde, formaldehyde, mercury, aluminum, and cadmium, to name a few
- Ionizing radiation from X-rays
- Toxic chemicals in food, including fried foods, GMOs, pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones
- Chemicals in body care and cleaning products (parabens, fragrance, phthalates, propylene glycol, and petroleum)
- Smoking and alcohol consumption
2. Physical Carcinogens
- Excessive exposure to UV rays
- Tanning beds
- Trauma and repeated injuries
- Synthetic products
- Low and high temperatures
- Chronic inflammation
3. Oncogenic Carcinogens
Oncogenic viruses are retroviruses that are linked to cancer. More than 40 have been identified. Retroviruses differ from regular viruses in that they use RNA as their genetic material, rather than DNA. Some of these viruses contain oncogenes, because the way they express in infected cells correlate with tumor development.
Read More: Retroviruses and Their Correlation to Cancer
- Human Papillomavirus
- Human T-cell leukemia
- Hepatitis B
- Human immunodeficiency virus
- Epstein Barr
- Human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1)
- Human T-lymphtropic virus type 2 (HTLV-2)
The take home message is to protect your DNA to reduce cancer risk by eliminating or minimizing exposure to carcinogens.
Clean up your environment, limit exposure to pollution, eat organic food, read the labels on body care and cleaning supplies, limit sun exposure, keep alcohol to a minimum, stay clear of artificial sweeteners and tap water, reduce inflammation by keeping an eye on your blood sugar, find ways to manage stress, and keep your immune system strong in order to keep retroviruses in check.
Also, use smart hygiene when it comes to EMFs. Turn both your cell phone and WiFi off at night. YOU indeed have a great deal of control over the state of your health. Never forget that!
Did you know that cancer is a molecular disease? Let me know your thoughts in the comments:)