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The cancer rate gap by country has widened in recent years with the percentage of people diagnosed in some countries being between four and five times that of some other countries. According to Dana Farber's Blog the countries with the ten highest cancer rates are currently as follows;
While the ten countries with the lowest cancer rates are
When looking at the two lists there are a few factors that stick out instantly. The highest rates are in the developed western world while the lowest rates are predominately in more agrarian societies throughout Africa and the Middle East. The higher rates exist in countries with much larger healthcare sectors. This could mean one reason for the disparagement be the would be the abilities of industrialized nations to detect the existence of cancer in the first place. People in less developed nations are less likely to seek conventional medical attention when an issue arises. This is a major component of the existing gap. Let's look at some other possible reasons why cancer rates may be lower in these less developed nations.
Clean Food; The agrarian economies are trading food that is a cut above any run of the mill organic food in the west. Their soil is mostly free of synthetic chemicals and pesticedes (as are their neighbors/anyone else feeding into the local soil and water supply).
Clean Water; Most of these countries drink local water that has been used dating back to their ancestors. No contaminents like hydro-flora-solosic acid are added to their water supplies like they are in the west. Typical American town water supplies can have hundreds of parts per million of chemicals added to it at the town supply itself. While it's true some of these nations have water supply issues from traditional influences, animal waist/high water levels, it's the lack of chemicals, pesticides and other synthetic microscopic compounds that is absent in many of these areas.
Lack of Tech Devices; Over the past decade many high profile, public figures have contracted brain cancer. Within the U.S. Senate alone three very tenured members, Ted Kennedy, Arlen Specter and John McCain all died from this form of cancer. They were all of a certain age where they may more vulnerable from radiation put out by cell phones (75+). These electronic devices seem to be glued to the ears of most politicians. Less developed nations are also spared from the constant frequencies sent out by wifi as well as radio signals. The air is less polluted, both by what can be seen or unseen.
Medical presence in the first world is a major issue for catching cancer early on and coming up with a treatment plan. There are also possible issues in the "Developed World" that may be contributing factors as well. Beyond the food and water supply, stress levels and workloads are also much higher in the first world. A farmer who feeds his or her family with what they grow has far less human interaction; both in person or online. A simpler life might be easier on the cells. Quality nutrition grown next to ones house is a much better way to eat; a relationship with Mother Earth that has worked well for thousands of years.