Water and Cancer Malignancy

By: dr. Fiastuti Witjaksono, MS, SpGK - PDGMI Jaya 

Cancer malignancy 

Can not be denied again that cancer is a disease that is very scary for everyone. This disease can affect anyone, all ages, elderly, young children too, as well as any socio-economic groups, rich and poor. In the world of cancer is the number two cause of death after heart disease and blood vessel (cardiovascular). In Indonesia, health research data base (Riskesdas) in 2007 to get the incidence of cancer is approximately 4 persons per 1000 population and mortality due to cancer was ranked seventh. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 30% of cancers are caused by unhealthy lifestyles, including the overweight, unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity and smoking habits. Based on data from Hospital Information System (SIRS) in 2007, breast cancer ranks first in hospitalized patients in all hospitals in Indonesia and the next is cervical cancer. 
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Until now, the exact causes of cancer is unknown. Therefore, the prevention of various risk factors should be done. From an early age, every individual is expected to practice clean and healthy lifestyle, among others: 

   1. Eat a balanced nutritional patterns, namely the consumption of a variety of food, in sufficient quantities at each meal and the regular schedule of meals in a day; 
   2. Avoid non-food materials harmful such as cigarettes, alcohol, preservatives, substances perwarna, food flavoring substances, etc.; 
   3. Doing regular physical activity in at least 30 minutes a day; 
   4. Abstain from physical stress, mental and social; 
   5. Consuming water to help remove harmful substances from the body. 


Two-thirds of the human body consists of water. Humans will be able to live quite a long time without food, but humans can not live without water only for b ome day. Each cell in the human body functions will be affected by water. In general, water in the human body functions to: 

   1. Remove toxins 
   2. Transporting food and oxygen 
   3. Maintain body temperature 
   4. Lubricate joints 
   5. Protects organs and tissues 
   6. Controlling blood pressure 

Lack of water in the body (dehydration) is the main factor causing various diseases. Here is the result of dehydration: 

   1. can cause the formation of active substances that harm the cell body (free radicals) that cause various diseases, including cancer. 
   2. compounds can cause the cell's genetic ability of the body (DNA) to repair damage to cells is reduced. 
   3. can lead to lower resistance resulting menurunnnya cells' ability to define, refine and destroy the abnormal cells. 
   4. can inhibit the transport of oxygen in an attempt to kill cancer cells. 

Thus, it is clear that the adequacy of the water body is needed to keep the cells can function optimally in order to prevent the occurrence of various diseases, including cancer. 

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