February 4 is the official World Cancer Day. On this day and age is very likely that all of us know someone who is or has been afflicted by cancer. There are many factors that can contribute to be affected by cancer but it is important to know that around a third of cancer cases can be prevented by modifying our lifestyle.
What is cancer?
According to the Union for International Cancer Control “Cancer is a disease which occurs when changes in a group of normal cells within the body lead to uncontrolled, abnormal growth forming a lump called a tumour; this is true of all cancers except
There are many causes for cancer to happen in the human body, however, it is known that there are non-modifiable risk factors such as:
- Cancer causing substances (cancerogenic)
- The immune system
There are other factors that are modifiable. Focusing on these can make a big difference between being affected by cancer or not. The following are risk factors that we have the opportunity to modify in our lives to above all, live a healthier life:
- Alcohol consumption
- Having a healthy body weight
- Diet and nutrition
- Physical activity
- Tobacco consumption
- Radiation exposure
- Work place hazards
Cancer in Sweden
In Sweden, the most common types of cancer
There are fantastic resources online with useful information regarding cancer. From prevention to treatment. In Sweden, there are organizations that dedicate their work to research, treatment and help for people going through life with cancer.
Resources and helpful sites
Kraften Hus – Located in Boras, Kraften Hus is available to anyone who is in any way concerned by cancer, as a patient, relative or a friend.
Cancerfonden – The Cancer Foundation goal is that fewer people
Socialstyrelsen -The National Board of Health and Welfare’s website has plenty of interesting information related to cancer. From statistics, research and general facts about cancer in Sweden.
World Cancer Day – The main website to find updated information about cancer.
We highly recommend reading Betül’s story by our Newbie blogger Sara Costa. Her story gives us an insight into what is dealing with cancer when moving to Sweden. Find it here.