There are around 367,000 new cancer cases in the UK every year. That equates to a new diagnosis every two minutes. UK incidence of cancer is ranked higher than two-thirds of Europe and higher than 90% of the rest of the world.
Breast, prostate and bowel cancers are the most common types of cancer, with thyroid and liver cancers representing the fastest increase. Kidney, skin, head and neck cancers are also on the rise. Incidence rates for all types of cancers are projected to continue to rise.
Although cancer is more common amongst older people, younger people are being affected too, with the rise in cancer among the 0-24 age group rising the fastest, by 25% increase over the past ten years.
A study published in the British Journal of Cancer claims that 1 in 2 of us will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in our lives, in the UK.
WHY ARE WE GETTING SO MUCH CANCER?
According to Cancer Research UK, there are a number of potential factors. The main one being that we are now living longer, and cancer is much more prevalent in older people.
Our western environment is also a breeding ground for cancer. Other factors include diet and obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, eating too much sugar or food that turns into sugar, such as alcohol, processed food and fast release carbs such as bread and pastry. Consumption of fried food is also known to be carcinogenic Smoking, Polluted air and water, exposure to chemicals all around us as well as radiation from our phones.
Living in a plastic society could also have an effect. Viruses and infections are proven to be able to cause cancer. Some of us are more exposed to cancer risks in the workplace too (coal miners being the most obvious example) Genetics unfortunately also plays a part too.
CANCER IS A TRICKY CUSTOMER
Our body’s immune system has the natural capacity to detect and destroy abnormal cells, thereby preventing the development of many cancers. However, cancer cells are sometimes able to avoid detection and destruction by the immune system. We now know that the reason certain cancers can be so hard to treat, may be due to the fact that cancer cells have this ability to disguise themselves from being detected by our white blood cells, which are the main weapon of our immune system. This gives them free reign to spread and develop tumours, without being identified and attacked by our immune system.
ASTAXANTHIN – A NOVEL APPROACH TO CANCER TREATMENT
Most traditional cancer treatments target the symptoms of a cancer, which are usually expressed as tumours. Common treatments include radiation, chemotherapy, surgery or drugs. Astaxanthin works in a different way; it has a unique molecular structure that appears to enable it to target the cancer at a cellular level and thereby inactivate the cancers ability to disguise itself from our immune system. By doing this, it could enable the body to fight off the cancer itself, as it takes away cancers secret weapon; that of disguise.
Astaxanthin can also assist with keeping cells healthy, by helping the cell protect the membrane of its outer shell.
Astaxanthin is also a potent anti-inflammatory, proven to be 1000 times stronger than aspirin. This feature is very beneficial to the immune system when fighting off any illness, as well as promoting overall health and fitness.
Astaxanthin is a powerful and natural immunotherapy supplement, with almost no known side effects. In fact, almost all the side effects are actually positive, due to the protection it gives to all our cells, not just the cancerous ones.