Even though the idea that cancer is in 80% of cases the effect of our environment has been proven true since 1925, political parties, as well as pharmaceutical companies, have been meddling in the publication of such findings in order to hold their grip on the market. Unfortunately, this is not entirely surprising.
In 1925, surgeon Frederick Pybus conducted a study regarding the development of cancer in relation to the environment. He analyzed the lungs from people dwelling in highly industrialized areas to those residing on farmlands or away of the city. His finding that the lungs were black and cancerous in one case and completely healthy in the other surprised no one. But this study was accepted only in 2013.
One scientific reason for this could be that cancer specifically targets certain vulnerable tissues, without the influence of external elements, making us unable to counteract it. But this is not entirely correct when looking at the numbers released by the World Health Organization.
By compiling data from various cities and people around the globe, the WHO found that in 80% of cases, the sole reason for the development of cancer was both an unhealthy lifestyle as well as the patient’s proximity to highly polluted areas. Almost one in two adults born in the 1960s will suffer from cancer-related illnesses throughout their life.
This completely contradicts the finding that cancer is dependent on the way in which cell division functions, with factors like inherited genes or various mutations being completely out of our hand. If this were true, everyone is susceptible to cancer, not matter the area they live in or their lifestyle, the process being completely random.
These two theories come from two different ways of thinking as well as political inclines. The liberal way of thinking that how and where we live are two of the only elements which influence our health is debunked by the random cancer theory. On the other hand, making us the reason why cancer is so widespread in our times, by targeting pollution and unhealthy lifestyle, puts yet another mark on the immense list of things we created that may eventually lead to our demise.
The fact that these types of theories exist and may be greatly influenced by various parties, be they the ones who funded the research in the first place or the ideology of the doctors involved in the studied, should make the general public think twice before believing everything they read or hear. As with everything, it is better to take things with a pinch of salt before choosing a side.
This influence can also be seen when looking at tobacco. Before the current movement of banning cigarettes or, at least, lowering the number of smokers, tobacco was heavily advertised. If one would look around the internet, one may even find commercials advertising tobacco for pregnant women or even children.
Even if the alleged fact that cancer is in 80% of cases the effect of our environment is proven completely correct, people will more than likely attack this decision, be they corporations or the general public. There will always be two parties going head to head, no matter the subject, be it either religion, politics, medicine, sports, or everything in between.