Cancer Trends

Cancer is a group of diseases characterised by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. It is this uncontrolled spread that eventually leads to death as cells become damaged until eventually the organ is no longer able to function.

Cancer is caused by a multitude of factors. Such as external factors like tobacco, bad diet, infectious organisms, chemicals and radiation. Or internal factors like inherited mutation, hormones, immune conditions and mutations that occur from metabolism.

Paleo Diet Cancer Nations Trends

Many cancers caused by external factors could be prevented entirely. Lifestyle changes cutting out cigarettes, alcohol and obesity could prevent nearly 2/3s of all cancer deaths across America. Cancer is the second greatest cause of death in the US, second only to heart disease and 2/3s of those deaths are preventable.

Looking at the differences between countries, their occurrences of cancer and the traditional diet in that country we can make some stark observations on what kind of foods we expect to cause the most cancer.

Focusing on the countries with the highest incidences of cancer show below:

Country Overall rate (cases per 100,000 thousand) Male rate Female rate

1

Denmark

326.1

334.7

325.3

2

Ireland

317

355.9

285.1

3

Australia

314.1

360.5

274.4

4

New Zealand

309.2

337.6

287.1

5

Belgium

306.8

351.3

275.7

6

France (metropolitan)

300.4

360.6

254.9

7

USA

300.2

335

274.4

8

Norway

299.1

338.4

270.3

9

Canada

296.6

325.9

275

10

Czech Republic

295

348.8

259.1

11

Israel

288.3

303.7

280.4

12

The Netherlands

286.8

306.3

276.5

13

Luxembourg

284

324

254.4

14

Hungary

282.9

352.3

235.6

15

Iceland

282.2

305.5

265.6

 

Danish cuisine is known for its abundance of bread, potatoes, sausages, and other processed meats and of course Danish beer. The Irish diet is quite similar, with a near identical focus on potatoes and beer.

For the Australian diet, the assumption that the average person likely eats something similar to their country’s traditional diet no longer holds. The modern average diet in Australia has strong British influences, think meat pie or fish and chips. The diet of New Zealand is relatively similar to Australia.

The first trend jumping out of this quite simple analysis is the abundance of carbohydrates in all of these diets.

50

South African Republic

202

254.8

51

Japan

247.3

52

Russian Federation

247.1

53

France (Guadeloupe)

245.9

54

France (La Reunion)

252.9

55

Puerto Rico

253.6

56

Honduras

181.6

57

Jamaica

205.1

58

Uganda

186.8

59

Singapore

188.4

South African cuisine is an interesting blend of traditional African indigenous practices, European and Asian. One of their most famous dishes is the Potjiekos, which is a slow cooked stew, usually done outside on a barbecue. The difference between a potjie and a European stew would be the lack of stirring involved in a potjie and usually the ratio of meat and vegetables to carbohydrates would be lower.

Japanese cuisine stands alone. Largely based on fish and usually served together with a number of side dishes, made up of vegetables and rice. The average Japanese diet would be expected to be lower in carbohydrates than say the average European diet. This does continue the trend of lower levels of carbohydrates leading to lower risk of developing cancer, except this is balanced by the Japanese love of salt.  Excessive salt in the diet is linked to stomach cancer. Japan Cancer society reports that in 2007, about one in every three deaths was attributed to stomach cancer.

The overall trend in prevalence of cancer among different countries can clearly be linked to the amount of carbohydrates or sugars in a country’s diet.

The Paleolithic diet or the Paleo diet, is a modern nutritional plan based on the diet of our ancestors. The diet consists of mostly meat, fish, eggs, tree nuts, vegetables, roots, fruit, berries, mushrooms and other foods that would have been available to hunter-gather societies in the Palaeolithic period. Switching to a low-carb diet or following the Paleo lifestyle will drastically reduce your risk of developing cancer.

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