Cancer, also known as a malignant tumor or malignant neoplasm, is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. Not all tumors are cancerous; benign tumors do not spread to other parts of the body. Possible signs and symptoms include: a new lump, abnormal bleeding, a prolonged cough, unexplained weight loss, and a change in bowel movements among others. While these symptoms may indicate cancer, they may also occur due to other issues.
“There are over 100 different known cancers that affect humans.”
According to a new study, consumption of Barbecued meat (cooked at high temperatures) is linked to kidney cancer risk. The study suggests that cooking process may be a factor. The study was published in the journal Cancer.
In the study, researchers looked at the diets and genetic information of 659 patients of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. All the patients were recently diagnosed with kidney cancer. Their diets and genetic information were compared to 699 healthy men and women.
The World Health Organization had recently released a report that declared that processed meat was carcinogenic. The researchers estimated the meat consumption of the participants and their exposure to mutagens in meat that are created when meat is cooked at high temperatures over an open flame.
Cooking meat over an open flame, like grilled or pan fried, is also known to create carcinogens.
We found elevated RCC risk associated with both meat intake and meat-cooking mutagens, suggesting independent effect of meat-cooking mutagens on RCC risk,” study author Dr. Xifeng Wu, a professor of epidemiology at MD Anderson in a news release.
The researchers found that the patients with kidney cancer ate more meat compared to the people in the study without cancer. The study also reported a higher risk of kidney cancer associated with the consumption of two mutagens. Also, the researchers also said that genetics might also play a role as people with specific genetic mutation were at higher risk associated with meat consumption.
The researchers only found a link between meat consumption and kidney cancer risk. They did not find that meat consumption causes cancer.
The researchers aren’t suggesting that you should stop eating meat. They echoed recommendations from the American Cancer Society that people consume meats in moderation as part of a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables.
They did have specific recommendations about grilling or pan-fry meat, however: As much as possible, try to avoid charring it.
AS YOU ALREADY KNOW
Cancer has a reputation as a deadly disease. Taken as a whole, about half of people receiving treatment for invasive cancer die from cancer or its treatment. Survival is worse in the developing world, partly because the types of cancer that are most common there are at present harder to treat than those associated with the lifestyle of developed countries. However, the survival rates vary dramatically by type of cancer, and by the stage at which it is diagnosed, with the range running from the great majority of people surviving to almost no one surviving as long as five years after diagnosis. Once a cancer has metastasized or spread beyond its original site, the prognosis normally becomes much worse.
So, try to play by the rule, do not break them if don’t have an antidote and I guess there is no antidote for cancer out there, at least, not yet.