Jacobs Journal of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Inhibition of Inflammation: A Preventive Approach to Cancer and Other Diseases of Old Age

*Ashok K
Department Of Chemistry, Institut De Recherche D’Hydro-Québec, Canada, Canada

*Corresponding Author:
Ashok K
Department Of Chemistry, Institut De Recherche D’Hydro-Québec, Canada, Canada

Published on: 2018-03-30


Cancer is an extremely complex family of related diseasesand defies any easy generalizations. Much evidence pointsto the fact that persistent inflammation within the variousorgans of the body at the cellular-tissue level is the initialevent that leads to a cascade of biochemical transformationsthat constitute the initiation of not only cancer but also ofmany other diseases of the old age, such as cardio-vasculardiseases, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and other neuro-degenerative phenomena. As pointed out recently [1], the connectionbetween cancer and inflammation is strongly suggested byseveral lines of evidence [2,3] even though, paradoxically,epidemiological evidence tends to contradict such arelationship.



The biggest cause of inflammation is the existence of high rates of infections as in many developing countries or in poorer ghettos of rich societies. Poor hygiene, overcrowding, lack of proper sanitation facilities, poor education, lack of access to medical facilities and unafford-ability of medicines when prescribed. Compounding these assaults from infectious inflammogens are the so-called sterile inflammogens released by smoke from coal-fired power plants, automobiles, cooking fires from burning cow-dung, wood, and coal etc. Dust from unpaved roads, construction sites, parched fields and particulate matter released by cars and trucks adds to this pool of inflammogens. And, worst of all is the smoke from tobacco products.