25 Interesting But Grim Facts About Cancer You Might Want To Know

Cancer is one of those things that will affect all of us if we live long enough. Inevitably, our cells will eventually undergo mutations that lead to cancerous growth because of issues with the DNA replication process. But even if you die long before that happens, it will almost certainly affect you through your friends and family. Given that fact, how much do you know about it? The best way to face reality oftentimes is to learn as much as you can about it. Why do we get cancer? What are the treatments? Rather than facing the inevitable without knowing anything about it, at least you will be facing something you know about. That is always easier, even if it is an uncomfortable topic. By informing yourself you will also be able to help others. Some of the best ways you can volunteer involve hospices or helping patients that have been affected by cancer. It is a scary thing to go through and will certainly change your perspective on life. So even if you have not yet had to deal with anything cancer related, consider yourself blessed and take the opportunity to prepare yourself. These are 25 Interesting But Grim Facts About Cancer You Might Want To Know.

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Cancer takes more lives than tuberculosis, AIDS, and malaria all put together

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24

An American man has a 50% chance of developing cancer during his life

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23

There are 28 million cancer survivors in the world

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22

Scientists have found a marijuana derived compound that can potentially stop cancer cells from multiplying

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21

Some studies have found that multivitamins actually increase the risk of cancer and heart disease.

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20

Tall women are more likely to get cancer. Since cancer is fundamentally a disorder of growth in cells, it makes sense that factors which influence height would also influence cancer risk

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Three Marlboro Men died of cancer - David McLean, Dick Hammer, and Wayne McLaren

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18

Prediabetes increases cancer risk by 15%

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Pilots and flight attendants are more likely to get cancer due to higher exposure to UV rays

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16

When Angelina Jolie announced that she tested positive for a kind of breast cancer gene, the number of women being tested for that gene shot up

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Breast cancer kills 450 men in the US every year

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Red wine has been found to kill cancer cells (disclaimer: this does not mean that drinking red wine cures cancer. Consuming alcohol still increases your risk of being affected by numerous cancers)

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13

Dogs can be trained to smell prostate cancer with nearly 98% accuracy

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Due to flaws in DNA replication, if you lived long enough, at least one of your cells would inevitably develop mutations that would lead to cancer

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Gleevec, a cancer drug that costs $70,000 per year in the US costs only $2,000 in India because it can't be patented there

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10

Plants can get cancer

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9

Air pollution not only increases your risk of lung cancer but of bladder cancer as well

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8

Readheads are more likely to develop skin cancer than people of other hair colors

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Over 20,000 people die of cancer every day

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There are more than 100 types of cancer

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Any body part can be affected

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Nearly 30% of cancers could be prevented by avoiding alcohol and tobacco, exercising, and having a healthy diet

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Exercise has been found to reduce the risk of breast cancer by up to 25%

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One cigarette contains 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known carcinogens

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There are even more cases of skin cancer caused by tanning beds than cases of skin cancer caused by cigarettes

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