Why Cancer Rates are Higher for Developed Countries
Did you know that cancer rates are higher for DEVELOPED countries than 3rd world countries? More below…
Worldwide Cancer Rates Double
According to a study by Cancer Research UK, which examined the worldwide incidence of 27 different cancers over the last 30 years, virtually all rates of cancer have increased. Two of the most common, breast and lung cancer, have doubled.
The most striking aspect of the study's findings has to do with the geographic distribution of the disease. John Toy, Medical Director of Cancer Research UK, said, "Statistics show that cancer is still essentially a major disease of the developed world."
And a map that accompanies a BBC News article about the study shows that "third world" countries do indeed have the lowest rates of cancer, while highly developed countries, including the United States and Canada, have the highest rates.
It's been well established that dietary choices play an important role in preventing cancer, and a number of studies indicate that the typical "Western" diet is one that promotes the disease. The results of this study tend to support that conclusion.
A "Western" diet is characterized by a higher consumption of processed meats, refined grains, sweets and desserts, high-fat dairy products, French fries, baked goods, and vegetable oils.
[My comments: This excerpt is from Early to Rise, a great daily publication by Michael Masterson.]