Body Talk 17/6/17

The state of Florida has the highest rate of cancer in the states, but it’s not just because it’s the retirement state. Cases seem to be clustered around hazardous waste sites and researchers gear there could be a link.

Researchers at the University of Columbia have confirmed that there are more new cases of cancer being confirmed at sites around the country near to hazardous waste sites than other areas. Toxic environments can be bad for you, obviously that;s an American study but the same would apply anywhere in the world where hazardous waste is dumped.

Intra uterine contraceptive devices increase the rate of cancer by 52% in post menopausal women, copper ones are far safer according to the University of Helsinki.  Hair dye raises the risk by 23%, and unnecessary mammograms could raise the risk too.

Apparently genetics don;t play such a big part in deciding whether or not we get cancer, but the food we eat does. Spanish research shows that diet is more important especially in connection with colorectal cancer, where known risk factors including genetics only account for half of all known cases. The amount of red meat and vegetables we eat is directly related to our risk of contracting cancer.

Reducing meat consumption and increasing the amount of vegetables we eat may be the single most important thing that we can do to reduce our colorectal cancer risk, and that may well be the same for other cancers too.