So what exactly does cause cancer?
Sadly, there’s no simple answer to that because cancer is a complex disease, with multiple factors involved.
But here’s what the scientific research says are the main causes of cancer.
Here’s that graph for you again:
If you want to read some of the research on this topic, here’s some links to get you started:
The original 1981 paper by Doll and Peto:
A review of the 1981 paper done in 2016:
The World Health Organisation’s World Cancer Report from 2014:
Research from the UK on cancer causes:
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So what exactly does cause cancer?
Well, that’s an interesting question and sadly there isn’t a straight answer for that because cancer is a complex disease.
But today I want to share with you what the scientific research says causes cancer.
Hi, I’m Nikki, the Truth Fairy from ChoosingDifferently.com and I’m here to help you find your way to heal cancer.
What the science says
So back in 1981 there was a research paper published by two scientists called Doll and Peto, where they looked at all the contributing factors and presented their analysis of what causes cancer.
And if you see any stats around these days about the causes of cancer, pretty much all of them quote their data.
But that’s 36 years ago, so how relevant is that data today?
Well, there was a review done recently that said it was pretty good and it held up over time.
But there’s also another report that was published by the World Health Organisation called the World Cancer Report in 2014 and they broke down what they believe the causes of cancer are.
The 12 main causes of cancer
So I combined that 1981 paper, that 2014 report and a bunch of other research papers to come up with my own data on the causes of cancer, and I want to show you this graph.
So as you can see on this graph, there are 12 factors in total, that I’ve identified as the causes of cancer, based on all of that research.
And these figures represent the risk of each of these factors causing cancer. So what percent of all cancer is caused by each of these factors.
And the top one on the list, not surprisingly, is tobacco. We know that one causes cancer.
But what’s interesting is that second on the list is diet.
So what you put in your mouth three times a day can have a big effect on cancer.
Third on the list is infection. Now while we can’t control whether or not we get an infection, we can do things to strengthen our immune system, and to reduce inflammation in our bodies so that we respond better to those situations.
Fourth on the list is genetics. Now, there’s some debate about the exact percentage.
Anywhere between 2% to 10% of cancers are caused by genetic mutation. But that’s a pretty small amount, all things considered, given the potential that we attribute to genetics in causing cancer.
It’s actually a lot lower than a lot of people realise.
Being overweight can contribute to cancer, drinking alcohol can cause cancer, being exposed to chemicals or radiation and other toxins in the course of our work can cause cancer, along with environmental pollution, radiation, pharmaceutical drugs and naturally occurring carcinogens.
So overall those totals of cancer risk, add up to 100%.
And what I really want to draw your attention to – there’s two things.
1. A lot of these factors are under your control
The first one is how many of the factors are things that you can control. So at the top of the list we have tobacco and diet.
Things that you can very much decide what to do. Whether you smoke at all and what you put in your mouth.
Again we’ve also got physical activity, and we’ve got obesity and we’ve got alcohol.
Now some of these things are harder to control than others, because we do have to exert our willpower perhaps or make conscious choices about what we do with each of these things.
But that’s a large percentage of the contributing factors for cancer under our control.
The things that we can’t control necessarily are things like infection, although we can control how we handle those.
Things like genetics, we don’t have necessarily a say in, pollution, radiation, drugs, carcinogens and perhaps even occupational exposure we may not be able to have a say in that, although we can make changes to reduce the amount of that.
So there’s a lot of things on this list that we can have some say in.
2. Science can’t account for the intangible factors
The other things that I want to highlight about this list is because it’s science-based research it doesn’t tend to include the harder-to-quantify factors like emotion, or stress, or mental attitude, or spirituality.
Now if you remember my previous video where I reviewed Radical Remission by Kelly Turner, she identified that of the nine factors that were the most important contributors to radical remission of cancer, only two of them were physical, and they were diet and herbs and supplements.
And the rest were mental, emotional and spiritual.
So keep that in mind when you look at this data. It’s not taking those extra factors into account, and those also are things that you can have some say in.
So this is a bit of information about what the scientific community believes are the causes of cancer.
I hope you found this video useful, and now I’d love to hear from you.
What was on this list that surprised you? What was on this list that you know about?
And what do you think that you can do to change your risk of cancer based on this information?
Let me know in the comments below.
And catch my next video to continue activating your body’s natural ability to heal.
Nikki H Stokes, The Truth Fairy
BSc (Hons) [Genetics], Grad Cert Comp, Prof Cert Astrology, Reiki Prac III, Six Sensory I, Matrix Energetics II