I read in a news paper report a few days ago about a research done by scientists from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, that two-thirds of all cancers are caused by random mutations and not genetics or lifestyle factors. The news paper, which now appears in the journal Science, suggests that 22 out of the 31 cancer types analyzed are simply the result of biological bad luck.
The implication of this report can be very confusing and can influence some persons to abdicate or shirk their responsibility to good health, that they have been committed to. It is very tempting for them to get out of the way to do whatever they like, especially those who have made a monumental change of their lifestyle in the hope of not contracting any cancer and staying healthy.They may even contemplate,”after all, cancer is gotten as a result of bad luck so why don’t I do anything I like?”
Our resolve in committing ourselves to good health and vitality should not be hampered at all by these findings. But I suggest despite these findings, there are a lot of things we must do to be in alliance with “good luck”. We cannot play into the hands of fate. We must control our destiny despite in the face of opposition.Man shouldn’t be a product fate but a product of strong will and his capacity to control and domineer his environment. So while we go about our daily lives, here are things we should do to stay healthy till the end.
Maintaining positive outlook on life can save your life many times over. Research has shown that people with pessimistic outlook on life don’t live longer. Maintaining positive outlook can boost your immune system and thus gives the body more power to fight diseases,even cancer, without necessarily resulting to medication. Maintaining a positive outlook can insure your life against some of these diseases like cancer.
CHECK FAMILY HEALTH HISTORY
The family health status history shouldn’t be brushed aside but must be investigated by health experts and knowing where you stand in terms of your likelihood of contracting certain diseases handed to you by your genes. There are a lot of families who are prone to certain diseases when they take particular diet or when they get in a particular environment. Get yourself examined to see the possible environmental factors that are likely to have a toll on your health. A new research on genes is under way, where genes examination can be used in detecting how prone we are to certain disease; diseases you’re likely to suffer in your life time and what to do to avoid them.
ABSTAINING FROM ENVIRONMENTS THAT EXPOSES YOU TO RADIATION
Getting too much exposure to certain radiations can cause cancer cells to develop.Don’t get too much exposure to the sun, it can course skin cancer. Be very careful also not to work too many years in companies where you’re exposed to radiation. You might think you wear protective clothing but one way or the other these radiations may seep through and may cause you cancer.
REGULAR CHECK UPS
Regular check-ups can detect early cancers and if it is dealt with early, could save your life. Waiting too much time for cancers to be detected can prove fatal and costly.
You should do everything possible in your powers to make sure that even if you will die of cancer or any diseases,it shouldn’t come from your side. You should do anything possible to remain healthy till you die. If “good luck” favors you, fine, but if bad luck tries to reveal itself to you, you deal with it early and decisively by destroying it at early stage. You either an ally to “good luck “or an enemy. But you can do more to prevent “bad luck” from getting so close to your health by being vigilant.
Don C. Harder