According to an issue of the European Journal of Cancer, researchers believe that there is an increase in the number of cancer patients over the last few years. From 2.1 million such cases in 2002, the number rose considerably to 2.8 million in 2008. Dr. José M. Martin-Moreno of the University of Valencia, Spain deems that research on cancer has experienced setbacks thanks to the economic recession in the recent years. There has been a steady reduction in donations coming from public organizations, while pharmaceutical companies have curtailed on research projects related to cancer. Further, researchers feel that safety measures against exposure to carcinogens will probably be reduced. This will happen especially in small companies as well as developing countries.
Dr. José M. Martin-Moreno states that cancer can be prevented by way of our lifestyle. The life we lead, our habits, environment, occupation and genetics are important factors for preventing this deadly illness. Four risk factors that lead to cancer have categorically been pointed out. They are: alcohol, smoking, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. Dr. Esther de Vries and his colleagues presented a paper which stated that an increase in weight and lack of physical activity have an impact on colon cancer.
Colon cancer is believed to be the second most common form of cancer, especially in Europe. According to Dr. Renehan, men should take steps to reduce weight, while women should involve themselves in physical activity to prevent colon cancer.
Professor Michael Baumann, President of ECCO is hopeful that after understanding the issue at hand, policy makers will take measures to effectively prevent cancer instead of worrying about cutting costs on a short-term basis.
Source: European Journal of Cancer, volume 46, issue 14 (September 2010), “Implementing Cancer Prevention in Europe”.
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