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Friday, 8 February 2019

Cancer to cure!




Over one and a half million new cancer cases are diagnosed each year. Anyone can get cancer at any age, but the risk goes up with age. Nearly 9 out of 10 cancers are diagnosed in people ages 50 and older. Cancer can be found in people of all racial and ethnic groups, but the rate of cancer occurrence (called the incidence rate) varies from group to group.
The World's Efforts
A child suffering from cancer
Each year on 4 February, World Cancer Day empowers all of us across the world to show support, raise our collective voice, take personal action and force our governments to do more. 
World Cancer Day is the only day on global health calendar where we can all unite and rally under the one banner of cancer in a positive and inspiring way.

Theme – 2019-2021

2019 marks the launch of the 3-year ‘ I Am and I Will’ campaign. ‘I Am and I will’ is an empowering call-to-action urging for personal commitment and represents the power of individual action taken now to impact the future.

A3- year campaign for impact

World Cancer Day is a campaign built to resonate, inspire change and mobilize action long after the day has passed.

A multi-year campaign offers a chance to create long-lasting impact by increasing public-facing exposure and engagement, more opportunities to build global awareness and impact-driven action.

Few facts
Smoking is linked to 71% of lung cancer deaths, and accounts for at least 22% of all cancer deaths.


Alcohol is strongly linked with an increased risk of several cancers.

Understanding Cancer

Cell- Cell is the smallest living unit of our body. Cells have built-in mechanism to be healthy, and to correct errors. This happens like human experiences teach human that standing in front of hungry tiger will lead to death, similarly genes have certain level of experiences gathered in our DNA since we existed.  



However, there are certain factors which temper with our genetic codes- like smoking and exposure to radiation. Cancer is the result of this code-error. Cell often produce more copies of itself and they are gathered together and turns into tumor or cancer.

If cells are not malfunctioning- they know how many to multiply to run the body, and this is controlled by the intelligence system of genes and some relevant genes and the protein which attempt to resist such tumor growth.

The gene TP53, which controls the cancer to happen is already identified.

The assumption- So basically cells are not error proof. Many cells are in the body, so many more chances will be an error to occur. Like our bones are made of different cells, eyes are made of different cells, and so on. So every organ of human body is almost made of different cells. As a result big bodies have more cells and there are more chances for errors.

Elephant has more mass, according to the written facts here, Elephant has more chances to get cancer, but the question is, how are they not getting it?



While other heavy species like shark, cows and many more, but the surprise is- Mouse are more likely to get cancer than humans, and humans gets more cancer than elephants.

What is the fact?

While studying the genome, many facts were observed, and one of them was- In the process of evolution, animals such as humans, mice, mammoths have gathered a large number of genetic information. Many genes stay active according to the other combinations and traits we use them, The genes which are not used for long and neither triggered they become junk DNA.



They stay as a library of old book, while new information and new books are in the market. However, they exist.

Elephant did wake up their sleepy genes. That means one can understand it through simple example like one got access to a particular book in old section of library to find the cure. Elephants used their junk DNA, found the gene, and triggered it against cancer. That’s how they are evolving, and less prone to cancer.

The study is published by the Chicago Author, and the author found that the gene was LIF and was woken up by anti cancer protein p53.

The elephant has 10 copies of LIF genes, and it acted against the damaged DNA cell which provoked cancer.

This study can be used in protection against cancer among humans as well.