Cancer caused by modern man as it was virtually non-existent in ancient world.
Carcinogens, Carcinogens everywhere – from micorwaved food to all types of additives in processed foods like rancid cooking oil, colorants, flavorants, preservatives and insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers in fruits and vegetables.
A study of Egyptian mummies and ancient skeletons has found little evidence that they suffered from cancer. The authors of the study suggest that this means cancer is a modern disease.
Cancer is a modern man-made disease caused by the excesses of modern life, a new study suggests.
The findings suggest that it is modern lifestyles and pollution levels caused by industry that are the main cause of the disease and that it is not a naturally occurring condition.
The study showed the disease rate has risen dramatically since the Industrial Revolution, in particular childhood cancer – proving that the rise is not simply due to people living longer. In industrialised societies, cancer is second only to cardiovascular disease as a cause of death.
“This might be related to the prevalence of carcinogens in modern societies,” write Rosalie David of the University of Manchester, UK and Michael Zimmermann of Villanova University, Pennsylvania. Cancers, they add, are “limited to societies that are affected by modern lifestyle issues, such as tobacco use and pollution resulting from industrialisation”. Poisons, toxins, and mutagens that occur in foods especially fruits and vegetables is another reason. Fruits and vegetables have a sizable content of insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.
Processed foods is another major cause because cancer because of the colorants, flavorants, preservatives that s added to food.
There are dozens of natural causes of cancer, including ultraviolet light from the sun, natural radiation from radionuclides such as radon in rocks, and infection by viruses that trigger cancer, such as the human papilloma virus, which causes cervical cancer and hepatitis viruses that can cause liver cancer. Likewise, soot and smoke from fire contain a multitude of carcinogens, as do fungal aflatoxins deposited on peanuts. “And that’s to say nothing of cancers caused by genetic inheritance,” says Kat Arney of Cancer Research UK.
But aren’t there elements of modern life that cause cancers?
Yes, indeed, but most of them are down to poor lifestyle choices that people can do something about, not, as implied, because they are drowning in a sea of carcinogens from which there is no escape.
Smoking is the most significant of these, causing around a quarter of all cancers globally. “Those deaths could be avoided by a complete ban on smoking,” says Joachim Schüz, head of the section on environment and radiation at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, which evaluates all potential cancer risks.
Other major lifestyle factors that pose cancer risks include heavy drinking, which can lead to liver and gullet cancers, sunbathing, which can lead to skin cancer, and obesity and lack of exercise, which can promote cancers of the gut. Pesticides and some industrial chemicals can cause cancer.
Bacteria and Free Radicals – if used oil is not properly strained and stored after it cools, bacteria feeds on food particles left in the oil. Unrefrigerated oil becomes anaerobic and leads to the growth of Clostridium botulinum, which causes botulism, a potentially fatal food poisoning. Refrigerating or freezing oil retards bacterial growth. Rancid — meaning old and stale — oil contains free radicals, molecules that can damage cells and lead to increased cancer risk, as well as affect the quality of your food. The good news is that your nose can easily identify rancid oil.