The cause of cancer is not always clear or unambiguous. There are, however, known factors that increase the risk of getting cancer. Specific information about risk factors of certain cancer can be found in the information files. To do this, go to the file for a specific tumor type and the article on risk factors.
Risk factors for Mesothelioma cancer are:
A reduced immune system can increase the risk of cancer. This does not mean a flu or bacterial infection, but a long-term attack on the immune system. People who have had an organ transplant use drugs that suppress the immune system so that the new organ is not rejected. Because of these drugs, the immune system is less able to clear up cancer cells. This also applies to infections that can cause cancer (see the section on Infections). An HIV infection also weakens the immune system, which increases the risk of certain types of cancer.
Too much alcohol increases the risk of various cancers. The more you drink, the higher the risk. The risks of alcohol and smoking reinforce each other. The Nutrition Center recommends not drinking alcohol, or at least no more than 1 glass per day. This advice is the same for men and women. It is sometimes claimed that red wine has a protective effect against cancer. There is limited scientific evidence for this.
If a type of cancer occurs more often in the family, you are also more likely to get this cancer. About 5 to 10% of people with cancer have a genetic predisposition. Do you think you have a higher risk of cancer because of hereditary predisposition? Put this on paper and discuss it with your doctor.
The body can get sick from certain bacteria, viruses and parasites. Some of these pathogens can also cause cancer or increase the risk of cancer.
A few examples:
Long-standing infections with hepatitis B and C can lead to liver cancer.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause changes in cervical cells. This can eventually lead to cervical cancer.
Infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori gives a higher risk of stomach cancer. Click here for Mesothelioma commercial meme –
The average age at which someone gets cancer is 66 years. The older a person gets, the more cell divisions have already taken place in the body. DNA cell errors can occur with every cell division. Repair systems in the cells correct these errors. But there is also a chance that they will miss a mistake. With an accumulation of errors, a cell can derail and become a cancer cell. The chance of this is greater as someone gets older. Errors in the repair systems themselves can also occur. As a result, they cannot correct other errors and cancer can also occur.
Too high a body weight increases the risk of various types of cancer. Low weight can lower the risk of some types of cancer. This is in combination with a healthy diet and sufficient exercise.
Some types of radiation can damage the DNA in cells. This can eventually lead to cancer. This mainly concerns ionizing radiation. Radon is a radioactive gas that contains ionizing radiation. Radon is naturally found in the soil, especially in rocky areas. If these raw materials are used for building materials, they can contain radon. Over time, radon can slowly be released from these building materials. If radon attaches itself to small dust particles, it can end up in the lungs. People who are exposed to high amounts of radon have a greater risk of lung cancer. Certain cancer diagnosis tests use radiation. Such as the X-ray, PET scan and CT scan. And some tumors can also be treated with radiation (radiotherapy). These techniques give a very small risk of an increased risk of cancer. The advantage of these techniques is greater than the possible risks. Despite very extensive research, no connection was found between radiation from mobile phones or electromagnetic fields and cancer.
The greatest risk of cancer comes from smoking and, naturally, second-hand smoke. Tobacco products and their smoke contain substances that are harmful to the DNA in the cells. DNA errors can cause a cell to derail and cancer. The advice is to stop smoking. Stopping smoking in the diagnosis of cancer reduces the risk of death. Smoking or co-smoking of e-cigarettes and water pipes and the use of chewing / chewing tobacco also increases the risk of cancer. These products also contain substances that are harmful.
A lot of research is being done into the relationship between nutrition and cancer. Some foods increase the risk of cancer, such as red and processed meat. The link between cancer and aspartame, calcium or vitamin D has never been demonstrated.
Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Excessive UV radiation on the skin (between 11 am and 3 pm) can cause the skin to age faster and cause damage that can lead to skin cancer. Sunbeds also use light with UV radiation.
Some risk factors are seen as a direct cause of a certain type of cancer. For example smoking and lung cancer, or sunlight and skin cancer. Even though the exposure to the risk factor took place longer ago. As a result, a feeling of guilt can arise in people who have been diagnosed with cancer and who have come into consideration with such an often earlier risk factor. If that is also the case with you, it makes no sense to blame yourself. After all, a risk factor is never the only cause of an illness. Before a healthy cell turns into a cancer cell, multiple mutations are needed. Read more about how cancer arises.
At the same time, you limit the risk of cancer with a healthy lifestyle. And a healthy lifestyle during cancer treatment ensures that you recover faster from the disease and the side effects of the medication.