Cancer, the most common disease of the 21st century

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Cancer, the most common disease of the 21st century

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According to figures raised by the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer has become one of the leading causes of death in the world. Anyone, regardless of their gender, race and way of life, is vulnerable to suffering from it.

The onset of the disease can occur when a single cell acquires malignant characteristics, either due to the incidence of external factors, or due to some inherited genetic condition.

Now, although no one is exempt from suffering from this disease, there are people who have lifestyles that are prone to developing malignant cells. Unbalanced diets, lack of exercise, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are triggers for cancerous lesions.

Most common types of cancer

According to the WHO, the types of cancer that have left the greatest number of fatalities around the world are those of the lung, liver, stomach and breast. However, there are variables in each country, because each of these is associated with the habits of each community.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which in turn belongs to the WHO, determined that in the case of our country the most common types vary according to gender. In the case of men, the most frequent is prostate cancer. For its part, breast cancer is the one that most undermines the health of Ecuadorian women.

Although Ecuador is a developing country, it is also seriously afflicted by cords of misery that have developed in some sectors surrounding the capital. In them, it is common for some infectious diseases to result in the development of malignant cells. This is the case of cancer of the stomach, liver and cervix.

The growing numbers of the disease, which has shown an increase of more than 160 cases in the last year, only in Ecuador, have alarmed the different health organizations. Both in our country and in various world conventions, the measures that governments must take to control evil are debated daily.

One of the big problems seems to be that the development of industrialized products is directly proportional to the increase in the disease. For this reason, it is difficult to attack the problem from the base.

On the other hand, another of the great difficulties is in the different health systems. Fundamentally in those of underdeveloped or developing countries, which simply do not have sufficient resources to deal effectively with the magnitude of the emergency, at least from the public administration.

The key to fighting cancer is prevention.

Given the above, the most appropriate alternative for the population is prevention. The first phase consists of assuming a lifestyle closely linked to what is healthy. Consuming mostly organic products, having a balanced diet, exercising, avoiding drugs, alcohol and nicotine are convenient alternatives to stay healthy.

On the other hand, it is always beneficial to protect yourself with an insurance policy that allows you to deal with any cost of tests or treatments, either to attack the eventual development of the disease or simply for its prevention.

BMI Unique coverage allows you to receive the best care in case you suffer from this condition, with access to the best hospitals in Ecuador and the United States. All BMI Unique plans allow access to the hospitals: Md Anderson Cancer Center and Memorial Sloan Catering, currently ranked 1st and 2nd for Cancer treatment.

Make sure you guarantee your life and yours, in the face of growing health threats.

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