The Common Types of Cancer

The leading and the most common types of cancer in men and women worldwide are those affecting the skin, the lungs and the breasts. Different types of lymphoma and leukemia develop more often in children.

Experts right now still don't know yet what the world's single most common type is because it depends on where you live and how you live.

There are cancers that are common in one or two countries but are regarded as rare in other countries.

However, data show that tumor grows most frequently in the following organs or body parts of men and women around the world:

1. Skin

In the United States, it is now one of the most common types in men and women. There are actually 3 types of abnormal skin growths, among which melanoma is the deadliest.

They are all results of the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, especially that coming from the sun. Those who have fair skin have a higher tendency to tumor development on their skin.

2. Lungs

According to facts, lung tumor is now the most ordinary type in most countries affecting both men and women. Cases are particularly high in the United Kingdom and China.

Tobacco use is the number one cause. However, most non-smokers who are consistently exposed to secondhand and even thirdhand environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) have the same level of susceptibility to developing tumor in their lungs. I have known people who didn't smoke but who died of lung cancer recently because of exposure to ETS.

3. Breasts

After skin cancer, this type occurs most frequently in women. In the Philippines, it is the 3rd leading cause of death due to disease. What causes breast tumor is a combination of many factors such as your genetic makeup, hormones, diet and obesity.

I used to believe that it affects women only when they are in their 60s. However, younger women are not 100% safe from it anymore. Many women I know who are in their 30s have been diagnosed with it especially the invasive type. In fact, I know someone personally who died because of it and she was not even in her 50s when she was diagnosed with it.

4. Prostate

This type affects men above 60 years of age. Human aging is a major risk factor. However, there are men who have reached old age but never had a problem with their prostates.

Lifestyle can also be blamed for what causes prostate problems in men. Men who live in the United States and Europe are more susceptible to tumors in their prostates.

5. Colorectal

This is another one of the common types of cancer in both men and women. It is the second most common cause of death due to the disease. Rate is especially high among those who prefer a diet high on saturated fats.

The typical Western kind of diet that is almost 90% meat is an example of an unhealthy diet.

Look at your everyday meals. Is meat a major part? Meat is one of the acidic foods on your table. A meat-based diet is one of causes of colon tumor.

Here's a great tip for prevention of colon polyps: Eat more of foods high in fiber and make sure you have a healthy colon.

6. Endometrial

It occurs more often in women who are overweight. In fact, a whopping 40% of cases are effects of obesity.

Women who are obese are 2 to 4 times more prone to developing tumors in their endometrium.

Your type of diet is the reason for obesity. If you are already above the normal BMI and yet, you keep on eating unhealthy foods, you face a greater risk.

It is proven that Acrylamide (a substance released by some cancer-causing foods), is also found to promote tumor development in your endometrium.

7. Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Non Hodgkins lymphoma is one of the major lymphomas that affects your immune system. It is more common than Hodgkins.

8. Leukemia

Leukemia also develops in adults but it occurs more often in children. There are different types of leukemia. ALL AND CLL are the most common types of cancer of the blood. ALL leukemia is the most common in children while CLL leukemia is the most common in adults.

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