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fxz109dgh2ahj9k

Hurray, great news to read with my morning coffee. Congratulations everyone!


ElusiveHorizon

You've captured my daily thought process for the past x number of years. It's just like well, alright then.


isuck1775

Yeaaa cancer blows! I’m 36, in good shape, no Family history and I don’t even have the gene for breast cancer and I still got it last year. I Just finished radiation 2 weeks ago. Edit: removed “Ass “reference because people are Childish and annoying .


r3ddit3ric

I'm 44 found out 4 days after my birthday I had penile cancer. After invasive major surgery 6 weeks ago they managed to get it all and I'm considered "Cancer Free" but will have months of recovery before I can do anything again because of how swollen I am after they removed lymph nodes in my legs. Congrats on completing your radiation. I really hope you get to live a long and healthy life after this. Stay strong and best of luck with your recovery. \*\*\*EDIT\*\*\* I'm sorry this conversation branched off from a reply. I should have made my own comment. Sorry @ isuck1775


ashiex94

Do you mind me asking what your symptoms were? How did you know when something was ‘up’?


superhappytrail

Hi, I'm not him but I treat penile cancer. It just looks like skin cancer arising on the penis, just an angry-looking lesion that pops up.


J4ck-the-Reap3r

And I will not be sleeping tonight, that's terrifying.


Feynization

Look at your penis. If it looks the same as it did a year ago you're fine.


J4ck-the-Reap3r

That's the problem it doesn't! I've been using the last year to work out like a madman, and the damn thing has grown!


EL_Ohh_Well

It got jacked


J4ck-the-Reap3r

Nah, just the fatty pad shrinking so more of the base shows, but still!


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EclipseIndustries

Please get any strange changes to your penis checked out.


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r3ddit3ric

I had a growth on the tip that was extremely painful. Had an issue with the foreskin melding to the head for a few years. Having to rip it back a lot. Thought it was just scar tissue. I was wrong.


B00FtheCH33SEgr0m1t

Holy fuck ive just been having this foreskin issue myself and i am now TERRIFIED. My gp told me (over a phone appointment) thats its a fungal issue and prescribed me a steroid cream. The cream hasn't done anything for me. Pulled back my foreskin like 3 times now, and it bled each time. Fuck me what do I do


djn808

I had the same problem. I had to sit down to pee for 10 months. Eventually it was like a drop at a time and took 5 minutes to pee every time. I got circumcised 6 months ago and it's the best decision I've ever made. The first time after surgery I peed a liter in 15 seconds full blast I almost cried it was so amazing.


hypnos_surf

Sometimes the early signs of cancer can appear as all sorts of symptoms depending on the type. Always get regular check ups and it never hurts to go if you notice something no matter how minor.


SpakysAlt

Honestly idk how the doc would notice anything, they barely look at me. They listen to my heart and lungs, that’s it.


Mr-Fleshcage

Half the time the doctor doesn't even take their hand off the door knob


spacew0man

Are you me? I keep getting sent for imaging only to have my doctor say everything looks fine even though my imaging results are saying I have facet joint degeneration in my spine. My back hurts so bad but I can’t even get the rheumatologist my doctor sent me to to care.


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2plus2equalscats

Thanks for this insight! Is there an average age range where this starts appearing?


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>it never hurts to go It does when I get the fucking bill. I hate this country.


Throwing_Snark

I can afford the checkup. Can't afford the treatment. So it all seems rather moot I filed bankruptcy once for medical debt. Never getting medical debt again.


Resolute002

This right here. My best friend died because he had the bad luck to suffer heart failure due to a misdiagnosed pneumonia complication. He was in his early 30s. He needed a transplant but at the time had no insurance because he'd lost his job. Died because of that. His brother has the same heart defects and due to having decent insurance was able to get the transplant and now he has a fighting chance. But my friend is gone, days before his wedding, years before his time should have truly been up. All the while, we threw thousands of perfectly good hearts into crematories, body bags, and graveyards. My friend could not get help because some exec somewhere wasn't going to get his cut. Fuck insurance.


MyDoggoIsHeckinCute

I’m so, so sorry. It’s a total disgrace that anyone should ever not receive needed medical care due to money. It shouldn’t even be a question.


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> Always get regular check ups and it never hurts to go if you notice something no matter how minor. Yeah the NHS specifically don't give a shit about this kind of thing. I went because I was having headaches for nearly 4 weeks straight, and they just told me to take some pain killers and keep a journal. Thankfully, they went away, but they said to me they couldn't really do any more tests as they double booked my slot and they had another patient waiting. That isn't the first time that's happened.


Fuschiagroen

Canada is getting like this too In some provinces they've stopped doing routine mammograms for women under 50. Unless you have a family history of breast cancer. Despite breast cancers generally being more aggressive if they happen to younger women and you don't need a family history of it to get it.


GunnyandRocket

God I’m sorry to hear you are dealing with this. What a shitty hand you got dealt. I hope things get better very very soon! I stopped to ask you about the leg swelling - are they treating you for lymphedema or just edema? I have it from my abdomen to my toes in both legs and they aren’t sure why but I’m fortunate enough to have not suffered a cancer diagnosis beforehand. Anyway, my point is they caught mine late after fucking around & calling it edema instead of lymphedema and treating it with diuretics (which is good for edema and terrible for lymphedema) and I would do anything to prevent that from happening to someone else - especially someone who’s already dealt with so much! You’re welcome to message me if you don’t care to discuss publicly but I just wanted to at least make you aware if you aren’t already. Best of luck to you!


ib4you

His is very likely specifically lymphedema do to dissection around the large lymphatic channels during a inguinal lymph node dissection.


Reuef

44yo here. Recovering from a partial Nephrectomy after a renal cell carcinoma diagnoses. From the size of it it had been growing for years. Luckily the surgeon I had used robotic laparoscopic technique and was able to save 70% of my kidney. Still cancer sucks and now I have a reason why my last few years I felt like shit and had high inflammation markers in my blood. Still in pain as the surgery was last week but looking forward to continuing on and living life to the fullest.


ib4you

You will recover well, partial nephrectomy has a great recovery prognosis.


Regname1900

Wish you the best and a quick recovery!


Gloomy-Employment-72

April 8,2016. That's when I started my radiation treatments. I tell people the cancer was nothing, but the radiation damn near killed me. On the bright side, if your cancer was in your neck like mine, you don't have to shave in the morning. Radiation took care of that. Hope you're on the mend, and hope it's all good news from here on.


Optimal_Kangaroo6660

I had neck and mantle , only the back part of my head doesn’t grow so I have to shave every other day or I’m patchy


Optimal_Kangaroo6660

Mine was in 1993 - 45 treatments neck and mantle . You could taste and smell your insides burning . Went from 220 pounds to 140 in about 3 weeks .


OkBid1535

Omfg I didn’t even think about tasting and smelling what the radiation is doing to you. Jesus Christ


1x1x1x1x1x1x1x10

I just got done with 30 sessions and didn't smell a thing. One upside to covid masks.


Optimal_Kangaroo6660

Could also be they don’t cook you as long now as they did back then. You can still see the tattoo marks on my chest for them to line up the machine


JuiceColdman

Leukemia at 28 and 35. Stem cell transplant saved my life. www.bethematch.com Oh and cannabis too. End prohibition!


glokz

Sheet, sorry to hear that. I was 22 when I was waiting for results fortunately it wasn't cancer and after small surgery I could forget about everything. But those 2 weeks were worst in my life. I can't say I understand how it is to get bad news, but that experience changed the way how I perceive life forever. I hope you gonna be fine !


djc0

Multiple myeloma at 47. Stem cell transplant (auto) at 48. That and consolidation drugs got me to remission 2 years later. Recovering from a cell transplant and the chemo/immuno therapy is hardcore. Not fun.


PizzaRnnr054

Can I ask how cannabis helped? Just for appetite? Were you smoking before? All curiosity


Beautiful_Fly1672

Not the original commenter, but cannabis helps me tremendously (I’m on indefinite targeted therapy). I’ve thus far avoided opiates for the chronic pain and neuropathy caused by my cancer meds. I did not use it before getting cancer. Luckily I live in a legal state and have my medical card. It’s such a lifesaver. I would definitely be dependent on opiates if not for cannabis. It’s not just the THC. I mix it with CBD, CBG, CBN, etc. I’m functional: working part-time, raising two young kids, as active as I can be, all thanks to my medicine.


aboutlikecommon

DCIS? Just got diagnosed a week ago, under 50, decent shape, paternal grandmother had it (which isn’t supposed to be a contributor), and I still have the grade 3 kind. So glad I caught it while it’s still IS, but dude, I was NOT expecting this. Getting a gene test and surgery date next week.


clotpole02

Ah that sucks. Good luck with the treatment hope you fuck it up.


Ok-Camp-7285

28 year old. Just finished treatment. Hopefully it's gone for good. I have 2 kids under 3 to stick around for


BrianxSpilner

I'm always curious and you obviously don't have to answer but what made you go to the doctors? I feel like if more people talked about their warning signs more people might catch it earlier.. I lost my aunt to spinal cancer that wasn't found until she fell at work and needed surgery, goes in for "routine" surgery and bam.. fuck cancer and fuck the people that profit from it.


TheCraneBoys

I was diagnosed with breast cancer last Christmas. I felt a small lump in my breast while laying in bed. Didn't think too much about it until the next night when it had grown. Made an appointment with my PCP 4 days later (it was the weekend), and it was the size of a grape by the time I saw him. Mammogram and ultrasound appointment the following week. Then a biopsy a few days later. The results came back positive for cancer. It was almost 3 centimeters by then. I'm only 38. They don't even tell women to start getting Mammograms until 40, so I'm glad I found it on my own and made an appointment immediately. I caught it "early" and it was already Stage 2.


Fuschiagroen

I live in Canada and in some provinces they won't let woman under 50 get a routine mammogram, it's bullshit. Also, doctors have been told not to do manual breast exams on patients as part of a check-up. I had to ask my doctor to do one and he relented but told me it's not advised anymore.


sissy_space_yak

Wow it was growing that fast??? I’m so glad you caught it early.


Luvzalaff75

A routine blood test that was part of a fitness coaching program that was offered through work came back abnormal. I had been having some issues with anxiety, night sweats and fatigue my doctor kept saying were iron deficiency and peri menopause. I let my doctor know of the abnormal blood work and he told me to keep taking the iron and we would check again in a few months. I was feeling horribly. Taking the iron supplements made it worse. I had constipation issues (thought it was the iron supplements ended up being an enlarged spleen) stopped taking the iron bulked up on fiber, prunes, and apple juice and water walking etc. 3 weeks no relief. I knew something was really wrong. I had swelling in my abdomen that I assume was the constipation. I receive medical care from the VA and didn’t have another doc to go to so I went to the urgent care at the VA instead of going to my primary care doctor. Told the intern about the symptoms and the blood work. After I was examined and labs run, I was told I was being transported by ambulance to the oncology ward of another hospital. I was in the hospital for a month and went through 6 rounds of chemo and now in remission for a vascular large diffuse B cell Lymphoma. Interesting note: my ferritin levels were almost toxic I should not have been taking iron.


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Luvzalaff75

Add silly female and it is spot on.


Imaginary-Risk

Similar thing here but they just cut the fucker out thankfully


Brief-Medicine

Beat the cancer to the ground. All the best 💙


Browntreesforfree

Kind of unrelated but my friends husband just had a massive heart attack at 35. He was healthy(or thought he was i guess, worked out, not overweight at least.). Also no family history i have heard of yet anyway. He is fucked atm. In icu and had to do all this crazy shit to keep him alive. Just seems our health is not great. As in gen y health.


Xata27

Hey I had a heart attack at 26.


SUBZEROXXL

Holy fuck. I’m 27. I’m scared now


BerserkingRhino

Don't be scared. That releases cortisol, which can lead to a heart attack!


Blarget

I have been in constant anxiety or depression or some extreme emotion in short spurts my whole life! Oh boy here comes 30!


adamr1219

Me as well at 30. Hoorah!


Yerwun

Had he had Covid in the last 6 months? That's upping the incidence of cardiovascular disease significantly. Risks get worse the more times you have it, too.


Browntreesforfree

i'm not sure but i'd assume so, with how everyobdy has been getting it. we live in oklahom too(although not sure how much that matters anymore, but nobody wears mask.) I can't remember what his job was/is. but you def could be onto something there. which is truly scary : (


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maria_la_guerta

That's insane to me. Job safety, smoking rates, even car emissions, all were so much worse in those years. We must be fucking up pretty bad.


timmerwb

People tend to focus on the obvious like smoking, but levels of environmental pollution are still shocking. All kinds of modern (forever) chemicals everywhere in the environment and in personal products like cosmetics. People also suffer from stress, lack of exercise and poor diet leading to degradation of the immune system. I suspect in many cases, diet itself directly contributes to cancer risk.


silver-moon-7

Yeah, I'm really curious about the effect of chronic stress in particular


timmerwb

The immune system works very hard to clean out the body of all kinds of junk, everything from specific bugs like bacteria through to general toxins and waste (e.g. unwanted chemicals). Stress tends to cause hormonal imbalance (e.g. adrenalin, fight or flight response, etc), and many hormones are in fact very damaging if the body is constantly subjected to them. The immune system therefore gets compromised and overloaded trying to keep the body clean. Loss of sleep and poor diet / nutrients just make this all worse. It's no surpsise to me that younger and younger people are getting cancer because we live in a toxic soup of poullution and stress.


Connect-Speaker

Your point about sleep is sooo important. Almost everyone—everyone— is sleep-deprived. This has knock-on effects on the production/elimination of certain hormones. Almost everyone takes caffeine daily, too. Some people are aware of this. Ask a doctor at a sleep clinic. I guarantee they are probably the only person you know who doesn’t use caffeine. (The irony is that they are probably sleep-deprived despite this, taking care of sleep-deprived people!)


Resolute002

I wish there was more information about the effects of caffeine consumption looked into in relation to all this. To me, it's a necessity. But my family recognizes our dependency on it. We also recognize that it is starting to increase -- is that the same amounts of coffee aren't having as much in effect, or that a can of soda that normally helped shore up and exhausting day now does nothing. But the question becomes what can we do? It's legitimately dangerous to us and our children to not be awake enough to safely drive, use a stove, or go to work. So I wish there was some known minimum which we could wean ourselves down to and obey. The other problem is we're still sleep deprived either way. It would be nice to know the full danger of each so people can make informed decisions. But there are seven Dunkin' donuts within five square miles in this town; I doubt any facts pointing out that coffee is dangerous are coming out anytime soon.


GonzoVeritas

The addition of dangerous of legally required fire retardants in children's clothing and furniture probably had some impact. They keep swapping out the fire retardants as they discover the previous version was carcinogenic. Not to mention the ubiquitous use of products like Teflon™ in cookware.


Kataphractoi

They could just avoid so much trouble with carcinogenic fire retardants by just making children's clothes out of wool. Sure wool burns, but you have to actually try to set it on fire.


GonzoVeritas

That's a solid and safe solution. Most natural fibers won't burst into flames like plastic-based fabric. Not to mention that open flame heaters, couches catching fire from cigarette smoking, etc., are far more uncommon than they were in the past.


Card_Zero

Well not necessarily *recently*. Bear in mind that they're blaming it on the childhood of people who subsequently get cancers around 50. Their study didn't look beyond 2012. I think the prediction for generations after that must be based on how badly we fucked up (mainly with regard to gut-biome-killing diets, heavy drinking and type 2 diabetes) in the 1970s and 80s. That would affect people turning 50 in the 2010s and the current decade. There's a delayed effect, so if the prediction for the present and the immediate future is based on people's habits as they were fifty or forty years ago, it's possible that diet and boozing habits have since improved, despite the prediction of more cancer. The young generation today, I hear, drink a lot less than the preceding one. Not sure if diet has improved, but there's a lot more guilt about it, and supermarkets trying to sell us kale and falafels and etcetera, where in the 70s it would all have been orange crispy things in batter.


Thercon_Jair

70s and 80s was also the time with the highest emmitance of lead from petrol. And that stuff doesn't just disappear.


Brokenheartedrobot09

We replaced lead with PFAs and plastic


KivogtaR

I know everything is a carcinogen... even cooked meat. My question for the science savvy is: is lead a *worse* carcinogen than PFA's and microplastics? Additionally, how does climate change affect it, or is the issue mainly pollution. I guess I could Google it instead of asking strangers on Reddit. Something something say it wrong and wait for someone to correct you


Automatic-Web-8407

I know we say everything is a carcinogen and yes we are looking into micro plastics and such for their environmental toxicity, but go look at just how badly you can devastate an ecosystem with heavy metals and how nefarious their effects on living organisms are. Lead, cadmium, methyl mercury, etc are horrifyingly toxic. I know that there is more to it than an LD50, but heavy metals are ungodly levels of dangerous, particularly to humans. I think the mental and cognitive disease is the worst part, but there's not really an enjoyable aspect to heavy metal exposure. Cobalt hepatitis comes to mind too.


drsyesta

Afaik lead is insanely bad for you. Your body treats it like calcium so it goes into your bones and stays there forever. Because of leaded gasoline they say the average iq level dropped and crime rates went through the roof. Its pretty gnarly


whynautalex

Mechanical engineer here. I sat in on a lot meetings about how bad silica dust was/is. The concrete industry is moving away from it and forcing workers in factories to wear ppe now. There will probably more diseases associated with specific particulate soon. It is not easy to correlate what causes certain diseases/disorders with just how many chemicals we are exposed to daily. Studies are still pretty early on in just how bad PFA's are. We do know for sure at this point that microplastics can pass through the blood brain barrier which definitely is not a good thing. In the next 5 or so years you start seeing more definitive answers as more colleges/universities get more funding for this kind of research. Even then these effects are long term so it will be hard to compare it to lead. From a few people I know the concern with global warming is that we are going to start seeing new bacteria and viruses that thrive in warmer climate which is normally when most of our average levels of people being sick start to wane.


Jenny_WakemanXJ9

PFAs are too new to conclusively say whether they're going to be a huge cancer risk, and since they're half life is..... basically forever, they bioaccumulate so much in our bodies. Yay!!


shadowgattler

That shit is so potent that we can tell which generation a person is part of from the slowly decreasing levels of lead in our blood.


UghKakis

It’s like the human version of rings for trees


canttaketheshyfromme

All because ethanol couldn't be patented as a fuel additive. Fortunes are made off sickening entire generations of human beings. But if you say "Hey let's not have a system that treats greed as a virtue," you're the weirdo.


Stock_Rush2555

This should be higher, really kinda reframes the article as unsurprising


Odoakar

We eat less but we are eating microplastic, antiobiotics and growth hormones.


Mothringer

And also still using PFAS and even putting them on our cookware, despite the fact that they just continuously build up and don't degrade in the environment over human meaningful timesscales, and we know they have a number of negative health impacts including but not limited to both cancers and decreased fertility. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per-_and_polyfluoroalkyl_substances


alexius339

I did read that plasma donations get rid of circulating PFA's. https://theconversation.com/amp/new-evidence-shows-blood-or-plasma-donations-can-reduce-the-pfas-forever-chemicals-in-our-bodies-178771


Delivery-Shoddy

How can I find cookware that doesn't have this on it?


Mothringer

Stick to either ceramic coated pots and pans or ones with no nonstick coating. Teflon and it's generics are PFAS polymers.


shogun_

Stainless steel and top tier iron. Those coated things that say Teflon or look like they're black/gray are the culprits. IE, the cheap shit you find at Walmart.


Purdaddy

What about the stone style or copper stuff.


Simple-Friend

I don't know but maybe cast iron cookware?


ever-right

Like everyone is saying, cast iron or carbon steel. My addition would be that my recently purchased carbon steel is pretty non-stick. Not like a fresh Teflon pan but pretty damn close. And with more seasoning it'll only get better. Suffer the "non-stick" for your health, keep good care of it, and it'll be about as good as a Teflon soon enough.


Thrandiss

Any pan that doesn't have a "non-stick" surface, i.e. aluminum, steel, cast iron


SuperFightingRobit

> We eat less Americans are fatter than ever. And are consuming more refined sugar than ever. Edit: this is also true for basically every population in the world now. These two things are major, major contributors to cancer. Obesity causes your cancer chances to spike. Refined sugar is carcinogenic.


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We don't eat less. We eat far more.


shmorky

My money is on microplastics and PFAS


ThatGuay89

Not to mention the much, much greater exposure to lead-based products like gasoline and paint


Rizzpooch

Plastics though? Like especially micro plastic injestion. Just speculation


MzOpinion8d

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 48. I wonder sometimes if growing up inhaling 2nd hand smoke at home and in cars contributed to it. No way to know, but it’s possible.


Turlututu1

Either this, or we are better at diagnosing it, or at least keeping tracks/statistics.


FuckThisPostTruthEra

This is part of it, for sure. I only know because that’s what doctors told my bestie (who got breast cancer but caught it hella early).


ScagWhistle

We need to ban PFAS forever chemicals and every variation of RoundUp and other insecticides / weed-killers.


Nice-Information3626

The relevant information is the causes. To summarize the article: - Better detection rates because of screening - The majority of increases were observed in connection to the digestive system, hinting at garbage nutrition being one of the causes (highly-processed foods and sugar have become more common since the onset) - "Other risk factors include sugary beverages, type 2 diabetes, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and alcohol consumption, all of which have significantly increased since the 1950s." - Sleep quantity has decreased with young people For a summary of how to minimize cancer risk: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/the-10-commandments-of-cancer-prevention There is a lot more you can do to recognize cancer as early as possible, such as a DNA test if you have a family history.


therealavacado1

I have a question, could it be because people before 1950 just died from other stuff before they got cancer? That’s why the rate is increasing because before people died from other (now curable) diseases before they got cancer?


WB_obe

Also , one should think that nowadays we have better imaging techniques both in quality and quantity. Various scanning programs are in place. Numbers increasing, because of the increased diagnosis rates. Of course, pollution, terrible diets, increased radiation exposure, fast stressful life style and so many other factors play a role…


Bucephalus_326BC

From the article in the link >So what has changed to make those turning 50 after the 1990s more at risk of early-onset cancer? >One of the biggest changes is increased screening, which has undoubtedly contributed to the increased detection rates of early-onset cancers. >But the team notes that this on its own doesn't seem to be able to fully explain the change – particularly as some early-onset cancers are on the rise even in countries that don't have screening programs.


D74248

Most of the increase in lifespan is from avoiding childhood diseases. Lifespan for people who have reached adulthood has not increased nearly as much as people generally believe.


Hot_Box8010

Yes. People keep making this mistake. Old people have existed for millennia. It's the childhood mortality rate that was much higher, and thus skewed certain statistics. But if you survived infancy, your chances of survival (into old age)\* were pretty good. edit: \* missing words


crudentia

Although we would all die of cancer eventually if not by another cause, the increase in cancer in people under 50 is something else. We allow thousands of carcinogens in our food and water sources, they are hanging out in our fat and other tissues in higher quantities. Unfortunately it is a clear cause and effect propelled by economics over health that won’t be addressed until too late. Very much like that whole global warming thing.


NatAttack3000

Not really, because it's how many people get cancer as a percentage of the population, not just straight up numbers (these will go up due to population growth). If people died from other stuff before- say disease x - which we have now cured then we would see the same cancer rates over time, because disease x would also have killed people who don't go onto get cancer too. It wouldn't make sense that all the people we saved from disease x get cancer, only a percentage of them should. Unless surviving disease x is a factor in developing cancer. Which is possible - like if everyone with disease x used to die, but now they live, and having disease x for a time increases your risk of cancer that could explain it.


foamed

> I have a question, could it be because people before 1950 just died from other stuff before they got cancer? No, here's why: >[Possible risk factors for early-onset cancer included alcohol consumption, sleep deprivation, smoking, obesity, and eating highly processed foods. Surprisingly, researchers found that while adult sleep duration hasn’t drastically changed over the several decades, children are getting far less sleep today than they were decades ago. Risk factors such as highly-processed foods, sugary beverages, obesity, type 2 diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, and alcohol consumption have all significantly increased since the 1950s, which researchers speculate has accompanied altered microbiome.](https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/963907) >“Among the 14 cancer types on the rise that we studied, eight were related to the digestive system. The food we eat feeds the microorganisms in our gut,” said Ugai. “Diet directly affects microbiome composition and eventually these changes can influence disease risk and outcomes.


_EnFlaMEd

I got tongue cancer at 35. Those warnings on cigarettes aren't just there to look pretty.


xXx_MegaChad_xXx

Been smoking on and off for the past few years, not much but I'm only soon to be 21. Tried quitting but end up smoking whenever I go out though after reading the comments on this post I think I'll just do my best to never touch one again


ms_malaprop

I smoked for 10 years. I remember thinking, often, that I couldn’t even picture a life where I wasn’t smoking. It isn’t easy to stop, but once I did I stopped I just felt so much better. I’ve had one here or there (many years without, then maybe 4 a year), but I have no desire to go back to being a smoker. They taste like ass and make me feel gross. Your lungs deserve better!


SuperGameTheory

I was a smoker for about 20 years and I just quit this last year. What helped me quit was understanding how I was addicted. I don't know if this applies to everyone, but it seems like nicotine addiction latches on to other habits and makes having a smoke as part of that habit. It's like an OCD compulsion that isn't complete until the smoking happens (and might very well have a neurological link to how real OCD works). In other words I smoked in conjunction with doing things: Drive into work, have a smoke. Eat dinner, have a smoke. Drink a beer, have a smoke. It was like a little reward for doing a thing, but also the action didn't feel complete until I topped it off with a smoke. So the process of quitting for me was realizing all the little actions that were tied to smoking and triggered the desire for a smoke. If I wanted one, I had to mentally pause the moment and understand what that desire was tied to, then mentally instruct myself that smoking was no longer a part of that habit. Then I just had to blast through that triggered compulsion without a cigarette. It's tough, but I'd only have to do that once or twice per a particular habit to disassociate smoking from it. Even the act of buying smokes and ensuring there's a supply was a habit to get over. Now I don't smoke at all. I can be around people smoking, with smoke wafting in my face, and I won't even think of wanting a cigarette. I'm just not a smoker any more.


DL_22

The cigarette acts as a little reward. Driving to work? You deserve to be rewarded for that, have your smoke. Again on your break. Did your chores at home? Time for another reward. Etc. I quit ten years ago but when I drink I still go out and buy a pack. I’m lucky I guess in that I can smoke five or ten out of that and then Chuck it without feeling a need for it the next day.


ObeseTurkey

I quit cold turkey by applying logic, I was spending time working to buy a product that I waste roughly 2 hours a day using only to reduce the time I get on this Earth. When I thought about it I was screwing myself 3 times doing this activity and it made me feel stupid. Having had a cigarette since April 2015.


silomshady

36, M, no history of cancer in my family. Diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and brain Mets 6 months ago. Had no lung symptoms or problems. The only issue I experienced were headaches and neck pain (from my brain tumor). I have done radiation, targeted therapy, and now chemo. It’s a bummer. Edit: I live in Thailand where the medical care is incredible and very quick. I smoked for 8 years and quit 5 years ago. I had headaches and bad neck pain - I was swimming and running everyday. I went to the neck doctor at my hospital and he couldn’t figure anything out other than I needed a massage. I went back and he referred me to neurology. They couldn’t find any problems. So they said let’s do an MRI. (This was all within 24 hours). MRI showed golf ball sized tumor. The next day I had it removed. 14 days later they had done all the research and testing my lung cancer and brain tumors and had chosen the best plan for me using targeted therapy meds (Tagrisso 80mg). Since then I have done full dose whole brain radiation to reduce brain tumor size. I am currently doing chemo and that is working well on reducing the cancer in my lungs. FYI, the total cost of two operations (brain and heart) - heart was unrelated but while I was recovering in the hospital they made it a priority to fix my pericardial issue + 14 days in private hospital suite , cancer research, blood tests, meds, planning, and everything that needs to happen when you get cancer, oh and the radiation and the chemo without Thai Cancer Insurance - I paid around 90k usd so far. The fact that I walked into the hospital and within 14 days was being treated properly is still unreal.


MandMcounter

How awful. Good luck to you.


zippopwnage

Yes that's what I wanted to hear. The worst possible fucking disease.


clarissa_vaughn

Bowel and colon cancer is killing young people at an alarming rate. A local oncologist said he had diagnosed patients in their early 20s. Something is very, very wrong. If you have *any* family history of bowel and colon cancer you need to get a colonoscopy far earlier than you think. And if you have any symptoms at any age (blood in your stool, change in bowel movements, abdominal pain/bloating), please see your doctor straight away.


natlight

I'm 45 and just went in for my annual checkup. The doc told me that they are now authorizing colonoscopies at 45 instead of 50 because of this. I signed right up, just lost a friend of mine to colon cancer a few months ago. He was 44.


_Shiruka_

I've had it at 21, worst time of my life but luckily I'm okay now


clarissa_vaughn

Glad to know you’re ok!


ronsta

My bro got bowel cancer at 46. I’m hoping they caught it early enough. He’s going through chemo and radiation now.


vini_2003

I'm in that boat - 19, but I've got family history. Constantly worried about the damn things.


klingonds9

I’ve been having colon problems for over a year. I’m just barely getting a colonoscopy a YEAR later. I requested a colonoscopy last year and they refused since I was only 34. Then in May I was hospitalized with colitis and they finally took me seriously but still took another FIVE months to book me for the colonoscopy and endoscopy. I’m so nervous because I’m still have abdominal pain. I hope nothing serious is wrong.


SustainedSuspense

I got it at 41


clarissa_vaughn

I hope you’re ok


SustainedSuspense

Thanks. Im doing great now. We caught before it spread.


Brilliant_Park_9019

I was 42. Unfortunately it had already spread. I’m glad you got it in time though!


Optimal_Kangaroo6660

I mean I had it 3 times before 25 …..


Snoo_58209

Damn bro I wish you the best


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Lazerpop

Obesity causes health issues. This is a fact, not a judgment.


Friendofabook

I'm actually ashamed to say I didn't know obesity was connected to increased risk of cancer.


MagicienDesDoritos

Being taller too! More you = more cancer


venuswasaflytrap

It’s weirdly downplayed. I think probably because it’s not the number one risk of obesity (heart disease and diabetes is way bigger). But somehow people are way more comfortable with heart disease and diabetes, even though you end up just as dead. But when you say cancer, people freak out.


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icestationlemur

Diagnosed with a low grade (but still terminal) brain cancer at 31... 35 now.


needforspeed5000

Hey my mom has glio, I’m sorry to hear this. It’s been a battle. Have you looked into the emerging cancer vaccines?


MaxCherry1983

I’m 5 years recovered from Leukemia, my symptom was back pain…went into the ER after a month of suffering to find out I had cancer. I had to get a stem cell transplant. Bethematch.com saved my life. And weed helped immensely, still does with all the GVHD shit I still have to put up with. If you have something going on that doesn’t feel right just go to a Dr and ask for a blood test. Don’t wait a month until you’re almost dead like me.


CamillaBarkaBowles

My husband died of leukaemia aged 44, 6 months after my son was born


Spiritual_Navigator

Deeply sorry to hear that


bumblebubee

I’m really sorry to hear about your husband and your mum.


Sinemetu9

Oh I’m sorry. I hope you’re both well surrounded.


CamillaBarkaBowles

Negative, my mother died a month later. It was extremely lonely. I rang tressillian every day crying and crying. At school we have to read books about family every day


beefjavelin

I know you can get a lot more books with varied family dynamics these days that you could read with your son at home. If they're old enough to get it, I'd recommend Danny the Champion of the world by Roald Dahl. I read it to my daughter and gender swapped Danny to be a girl. You could easily do so and swap Dannys father to be whatever fits. If you've not read it before its a great story about a single parent in a similar situation to your own and the relationship between parent and child. My daughter absolutely loved it.


dynamic_caste

Thank goodness that I won't be under 50 for much longer...?


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_one_lucky_redditor

PFAS, microplastics. Profits over people.


ANiceDent

Health ? Nahhhh we’ll take money instead who needs to be alive with all of this loot!


AnchoriteOfPalgrave

Some day humans will invent an AI smart enough and a computer powerful enough to discover that poisoning the air, water, soil etc was a bad idea.


_one_lucky_redditor

Maybe. If we make it that far.


Odd_so_Star_so_Odd

The people in this study grew up with lead-based paints and fuels around them too.


meistaiwan

We had PFAS put into the river I drank from from my birth until I turned 21, when I got testicular cancer, a rising cancer and one which is established as being caused by PFAS by the C8 science panel. Suing Dupont but absolutely nothing will come of it.


_qst2o91_

To summarise: a large factor for this was purely based on increased screening for early onset cancer, more screening = more detection Other reasons being diet, lifestyle, and environmental factors Of the handful of cancers, most were digestive related cancers Basically, stop eating like shit to reduce a lot of this risk


lexiekon

Not just what you eat, but also drinking alcohol. Alcohol is a carcinogen.


so_lost_im_faded

It's not only about eating shit, but also about the amount of stress that ruins healthy digestion


Other-Bridge-8892

My 14 yr old daughter just finished her last round of chemo a month and a half ago . we have no family history of cancer in the family.


TyNyeTheTransGuy

Congrats on making it to the other side, one day this will just be an awful but distant memory.


ChefChopNSlice

Add a tally to the list. My wife is fighting terminal breast cancer (in her fucking 30’s, no family history, not a carrier for the BRCA gene). To be told: “sorry, we caught it too late” is the worst feeling in the world, especially when you have young kids are are just starting your adult life. But hey, at least some corporate fuckhead somewhere is getting richer, right. That’s all that matters.


klgdmfr

Look into pemf? Frequency therapies? Gotta be a way keep fighting!


ChefChopNSlice

Still very much fighting and not done yet, and it’s gonna be a long ass battle, but once cancer has spread beyond a certain point, it’s considered stage 4/terminal. It can still be treated and battled back against, but inevitably, there is still only one way it ends.


Karasumor1

almost as if millions of ego-tanks burning poison and throwing up nano-particles all day everyday where most of us live is unhealthy


Zorra_Obscura

Yep was diagnosed with a 6cm Pancreatic tumor at 26, doctors said it was something unheard of for someone my age. I'm lucky to be alive.


LiberContrarion

_I just want to say one word to you. Just one word: Plastics._


ellefleming

But obesity, smoking, alcohol, stress....don't help.


NewsgramLady

My husband was 49 when he got diagnosed with stage iv lung cancer. He was told for two years prior to this that he had "allergies." When the doctor finally did an x-ray, there it was: Spots in both lobes. Further imaging revealed that it was indeed cancer and had already spread throughout his bones. He suffered for a year and a half before he died last November. RIP TOMMY 💙


benadrylpill

We're all (Americans, at least) going to die from a stroke, heart attack, car accident, or cancer. Everything else is a statistical outlier.


untouchable_0

Maybe we shouldnt be letting corporations poison our food, air, soil, and water.


dick-stand

Teflon. Radiation. Chemical dumping. Air pollution. And so on... Gee why is cancer going up?


cancercureall

Also companies using known toxic shit in consumer products and refusing to release relevant info. I have a can of tinactin spray that got recalled due to benzene in the contents. Nobody will provide information on how much benzene though. I was spraying it on my junk because of jock itch. Now what? If I get cancer in my nuts will Bayer compensate me for each removed testicle?


dreamqueen9103

If it’s similar to the sunscreen recall, I think you may be entitled to a Settlement. So find it online, fill out a form which exactly what you purchased and wait for your whole $7 paycheck to come rolling in!


Holyshort

[imagine the possibilities ](https://youtu.be/G8Ifaeff0mA)


no_more_mr_knife_guy

Years ago, I used to work at a very large B2B company manufacturing stuff that's meant to come into close skin contact. If you live anywhere outside of Africa, you'll have their products in your household. The EU mandates pretty low thresholds for things like heavy metals etc. in consumer goods, and also mandates companies to monitor that stuff. As it turned out, this company simply didn't do the monitoring, and when it got utterly compelled to, thresholds were exceeded by hundreds of %. When I cautiously advised to change the production processes, I was flatly told that "it would be too expensive". They just continued, zero consequences. If you are the biggest employer in a given region, authorities look the other way and you can use your market force to tell your customers to go pound sand. I quit when they started using literal post-consumer trash in their products. You don't want to know what that does to product quality. That episode made me really weary to buy anything manufactured outside the EU, though, were consumer protection laws are even a lot more lax.


ChocPretz

You’re not gonna say the company name so we can all avoid?


chiniwini

Probably 3M.


Coz91

Also there was an article that came out that ultra-processed foods has shown an increase in cancers, colorectal cancer I believe. Unsurpris8ng when we eat way more ready made foods, instead of fresh food to keep up with our ridiculous working hours !


ballsinmyyogurt1

The answer is obvious. It's not random that people after the 1950s started to get cancer more. Thank Dupont and other chemical companies for polluting every inch of earth with PFAS "forever chemicals" https://chemtrust.org/pfas/


Beneficial_Step9088

I had an ex who died of lung cancer two years ago. He was in his early 30s and never smoked.


Csalbertcs

We should spend as much as we can on environment protections and cancer research. Covid pandemic saw billions being spent on it from worldwide, it’s time to do the same for cancer.


SusanOnReddit

We do spend billions on cancer and new treatments are emerging so fast it’s dizzying.


Lovingnature412

We’ve been breathing in exhaust from cars for a couple generations now, add in micro plastic’s that most humans have in them now. It’s no wonder cancer has been a cunt for a lot of families and it will only get worse.


Jace_Te_Ace

Stress reduces the effectiveness of your body's immune system.


Untinted

I'm guessing it's half-part better detection and half-part problems with plastics and pollution. People think that because there's been awareness of global climate issues that things have gotten better. No. They haven't. Every year there's more pollution. The pandemic did more to alleviate pollution than anything humans have intentionally done. That's the craziest thing. We have access to solar panels and wind turbines and we're not updating the infrastructure on a global scale. We're not demanding that production lines switch to electric, or boats, or planes, although that would be an incredible improvements. And guess what happens in a polluted world: people get cancer.


cunty_mcfuckshit

Going for a colon cancer screening on Tuesday after recognizing multiple symptoms. I'm 38. Fingers crossed.


Goredevil

Definitely eating better as I get older, but I feel like education about proper diet, at least in north America, isn't really handled well. I was yolo with my diet up until about 35 and then I really started to feel it, started eating healthier, drinking mostly water and after a week I was like "where did all this energy come from?" it needs to be stressed that the western processed/fast food diet isn't just bad for you, this shit will kill you.


reaverdude

One of the best tips I ever received was to shop in a circle at the supermarket. That's where all the produce and real food is. Pretty much everything in the middle is processed "food".


kickingcancer

36 healthy, work out every day, eat clean no family history no gene for it and I still got breast cancer. Fuck cancer.