What Do Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Share in Common?

By Hui Xie-Zukauskas

Proverb’s wisdom tells us “He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.

Heart disease and cancer are the No. 1 and No. 2 killers for men. The good news: they are largely preventable! There has been a link between cardiovascular disease and cancer. In this post I’ll show you 10 common causative factors that cardiovascular disease and cancer share in common, so as to raise your awareness and knowledge for prevention.

1.   Tobacco use (cigarette smoking)
2.   Overweight and Obesity
3.   High fat diet, esp. animal fats (red, processed meats), but lack of fibers, fruits and fresh vegetables
4.   High level of sugar in food and subsequently in blood
5.   Excess sodium intake
6.   Physical inactivity
7.   Chronic inflammation
8.   Aging
9.   Hormonal imbalance
10. Stress

Now, sit back and look at the list, did you see that a majority of them belongs to “modifiable risk factors”? This means that by lifestyle modification you can achieve prevention.

Research has demonstrated that patients with vascular disease have a 19% higher cancer risk compared to the general population, likely due to shared risk factors and common pathogenesis. Together, cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes cause more than 25 million deaths worldwide each year.

In the following weeks of posts, I’ll discuss the risk factors in more details and provide you with preventative strategies that will promote a healthier, happier and longer life.

So stay tuned!

Image credit: by svenic