Ok this news is not quite something to cheer about. Apparently, if you are an immigrant from India, Pakistan, then once you move to the US it can mean an increase in prostate and breast cancer. It's not the water, or the work schedule, but rather the "habits - specifically having fewer children, consuming more alcohol, exercising less and increasing meat consumption as well as highly processed foods."
The study looked at 7,000 cancer cases in this particular group that immigrated from 1988 to 2003. In India, the current statistics show that mouth cancer (due to tobacco) and cervical cancer (due to HPV) are the highest ranked cancers. Here in America, the #1 male cancer is prostate and #1 cancer in women is breast cancer among immigrants from India. Breast cancer and prostate cancer can be caused by a number of things, but there is a clear tie to environmental and lifestyle factors. Since this group makes up 1.5% of the population, and is growing, doctors want to emphasize the importance of habits and lifestyle choices to prevent these cancers and a further upswing.
We Americans, of course, are at similar risk, so heed these finding in a so-called "virgin population" and realize that we have a huge opportunity to change our own riks profile for cancers and other diseases.
Published On: August 31, 2008