Health is wealth. Even those of us who fail to see the meaning behind this often thrown around adage, have valued it during the times when some form of sickness (even a minor one, mind you) has restricted our movements to the bed, and put us there for at least a few days. Obviously, none of us in our right mind wants to remember those days, let alone relive them even in our mind's eye.
So, wouldn't you admit that those gloomy days made us appreciate life a lot more once we got our sunny days, out and about back? They made us think of all the times we took our good health for granted, and in some cases, didn't take the doctor's advice on board much against the better judgement.
Good health is indeed the greatest wealth we can amass in our lifetime, but the one thing that has been coming in the way of living this dream for many Indian men is cancer. Known as one of the most extensive and life-threatening diseases known to man, the silent killer has been on the move since long, claiming lives in its wake.
Common cancers have claimed the lives of 4,13,519 men in 2018 alone, whereas the global count for cancer-related death is much higher at 9.6 million. The numbers are daunting, but there is hope yet. With new treatments and more research underway to make a diagnosis as well as treatment faster, more accessible and effective, we might soon be able to deal with cancer head-on.
However, before we get there, we will follow another saying that goes like “precaution is better than cure” and let you know about the 5 most common types of cancer that plague Indian men. And no, before you go ahead and claim that you know it is prostate cancer, let us tell you that you are totally WRONG.
According to a recent report by National Cancer Registry, ICMR, it is lung cancer that was seen to be most common among men at 10.6% followed by stomach cancer at 7.6% and prostate cancer at 7%. The other two common types of cancer most common to Indian men are oesophagus and brain cancer at 6% and 5% respectively.
The use of tobacco can cause up to 14 types of cancer, apart from alcohol and drugs, which can trigger eight types of cancer. Poor diet and air pollution are other major factors that are contributing to the deteriorating state of public health.
We know we have been taking our health for granted for the longest time, and given the current situation of fresh produce that come laced with adulteration, our daily work-cycles that give us lesser opportunities to take care of our health and the adverse degradation of our environment to go with it all, we have more than a couple of reasons to take extra care of our health.
Apart from doing our bit to ensure we do not add to this cumulative state of deterioration in any way, we must also get regular health check-ups done so that we can nip the evil in the bud, even before it manages to rear its nasty head.
This World Cancer Day, let's all be more aware, and more cautious about our physical well being as well as of our fellow brothers'.