Can Cancer Treatment be linked to high income and happiness? Researchers are exploring the possibilities of defeating cancer by the simple act of being surrounded by happy thoughts. Scientists at the Israel Institute of Technology managed to contract the cancerous tumours in rats by manipulating the tegmental area of their brains. This same area controls motivation, expectations and positivity of emotions and thoughts.
As reported by Quartz, the researchers experimented on two sets of mice. The mice in both these sets were implanted with cancer cells. For one of the set, they manipulated the emotional region of the brain while for the other set the researchers did nothing. Interestingly for the set of mice in which the emotions were manipulated, the cancer cells shrank by almost half.
Cancer Is The Second Leading Cause of Death
According to the World Health Organisation, cancer is the second leading cause of deaths world over. Roughly 70% of the deaths caused due to cancer are seen in nations which fall under the category of either low income or the middle-income countries. Nearly 1 out of every 6 deaths globally is due to cancer. The most important of all risk factors is Tobacco which amounts to as much as 22% of the deaths caused by cancer.
What are the Causes of Cancer?
Cancer is a condition when there is an abnormal growth of the body cells beyond their usual boundaries. The normal cells of the body turn into tumour cells and these tumours further lead to cancer. When genetic factors of the human body interact with any of the following 3 categories of external agents.
- Physical Carcinogens
- Chemical Carcinogens
- Biological Carcinogens
The most common types of cancers are
- Blood Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Stomach Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
You Must Avoid The Risk Factors For Cancer
More than 30% of the cancer cases can be avoided by eliminating the risk factors for cancer. These risk factors include physical inactivity, tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy diets. Early detection of cancer too can lead to a decrease in the global cancer burden.