Like it or not, but hazardous chemicals are everywhere in our modern world: in our air, in our water, in our food, in our beauty and cleaning products and even in our homes. Yet most of us live our lives unaware of our daily exposure to these toxins (which can be loosely defined as any poisonous substance). Most of us only learn that our bodies have been affected by toxins when we receive a diagnosis like cancer.
While not all contact with chemicals is dangerous, many toxins can harm our bodies and can contribute to cancer. When we assess patients as they arrive for treatment, we often see evidence of toxicity that comes from chemical exposure and/or heavy metals.
But how are our patients getting exposed to toxins? And what is the relationship between their toxins and their cancer?
How cancer develops
To start, let’s return to basic biology. Most of us know the cell is the basic building block of all living things. Normal cells grow, divide and multiply to replace old cells, keeping our bodies healthy and strong.
But a cell becomes cancerous when that normal growth and death cycle gets disrupted and cells grow quickly and uncontrollably. This process, in most cancers, leads to the growth of tumors: abnormal growths of tissue resulting from uncontrolled cell growth. Cancer cells can spread to other tissues and organs near the tumors, and can also spread to other sites in the body through the lymphatic system or the bloodstream.
How toxins impact the risk of cancer
Our bodies accumulate toxins from a wide variety of sources. Some toxins can be avoided, and not all chemicals cause cancer. But exposure to chemicals can increase your cancer risk, and it is nearly impossible to avoid all of them in our modern world.
Your risk of cancer as a result of toxins also depends on how much, how often and how long you are exposed. Daily exposure is more harmful than one-time exposure, for example. Getting cancer as a result of toxins can depend on the following:
- What kind of chemical or toxin you were exposed to
- How long the exposure lasted
- How much of the chemical you were exposed to
- When you were exposed
- How you were exposed
- Your general health and strength of immune system
How toxin exposure contributes to cancer
The human body, when it is functioning properly, has defenses to guard against many harmful exposures. This includes those that may lead to cancer, as well as other illnesses and diseases. Because cancer can have a lengthy latency period (that is, the amount of time cancer is present without being detected), it can be particularly challenging to pinpoint the chemical exposure that caused it.
When something unnatural enters our body, our natural detoxification systems (like sweating) can process these chemicals out of the body. But when our body’s natural detoxification pathways aren’t working correctly, we need to implement a detoxification plan.
As toxins build up in our bodies, they can contribute to cancer. Therefore, detoxification is a key element of Hope4Cancer’s seven principles for non-toxic cancer treatment. We utilize these detoxification therapies in our holistic approach to healing:
Learn more about how Hope4Cancer can help you or your loved one by contacting our team today at 1-888-544-5993 (or 1-619-669-6511 for calls outside of the United States). We’re here to help.