Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it accounts for nearly 10 million deaths in 2020, or nearly one in six deaths.
Some of the most common types of cancers are breast, lung, colon and rectum and prostate cancers.
In general, cancer is a disease in which some of the body’s cells grow abnormally and spread to other parts of the body. It drives the growth of tumors, some of which are curable, while others life threatening.
There are several modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors of cancer. Lifestyle habits tobacco use, alcohol consumption, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and air pollution are modifiable risk factors for cancer, whereas factors like age, sex, race and ethnicity, family history, and genetics are non-modifiable. Another factor that could determine your risk of cancer includes blood types. Early research found a link between a certain blood type and the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.