Facts You May Not Have Known About Cancer

February 4th is #WorldCancerDay. One in three of us will be affected by cancer in our lifetime, that’s why it’s important to educate ourselves around cancerous cells, how they spread and ways you can prevent them.


There are more skin cancer cases due to sun bed use than lung cancer cases due to smoking

A recent study has shown there are more than 419,000 new skin cancer cases attributable to indoor tanning each year in the UK alone. If this doesn’t tell you how dangerous sun beds are, we don’t know what will!


More than half of all cancers are preventable

Researchers believe that over half of all cancer cases – and up to half of all cancer deaths – are preventable. This means there are between 2.4 million and 3.7 million avoidable deaths per year, 80% of which occur in low- and middle-income countries. There are many simple ways you can lessen you risk of cancers, down to simple things like your diet and lifestyle.


There are more than 200 types and subtypes of cancer

Cancer is not one disease. In the last 10 years we have realised that there are more than 200 different types and subtypes of cancer. This has triggered a shift away from a one-size-fits-all approach and toward “tailored therapy”.


Only 5-10% of all cancers are entirely hereditary

Most cancers develop through a combination of hereditary and environmental factors, including smoking, alcohol, obesity, and diet.


Cancer can spread through the body

Cancer usually begins with one tumour in a specific area of the body. But if the tumour is not removed, cancer has the ability to spread to nearby organs as well as places far away from the origin, like the brain.


If you are experiencing any unusual or persistent symptoms, you should contact your GP immediately. At Pall Mall, we offer private GP appointments and many screening services for cancer. Click here for more information or call us on 03300 58 44 55.

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