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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 42-50

Blue print of Ayurvedic modalities to prevent risk factors in cancer

KAHER'S Shri BMK Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Post Graduation Studies and Research Centre, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

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Amulya Murthy Aku
KAHER'S Shri B.M.K Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Post Graduation Studies and Research Centre Shahapur, Belagavi - 590 003, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/AYUHOM.AYUHOM_48_21

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The cancerous process is the result of disturbed cell function. This is due to the accumulation of many genetic and epigenetic changes within the cell, expressed in the accumulation of chromosomal or molecular aberrations, which leads to genetic instability. Cancer is an uncontrolled growth disorder of cells characterized by the formation of tumor, invasiveness, metastasis, and anaplasia. Ayurveda describes a variety of clinical conditions which have approximate similarities with cancer. The disease is a major cause of motility and morbidity across the world. Despite a huge advancement in therapeutic strategies, it is still a major cause of death worldwide. Prevention of cancer is the need of the hour. To explore and understand the modifiable, nonmodifiable risk factors of cancer as well as to find out the various Ayurvedic preventive perspective, this review study has been undertaken. Ayurvedic classics, articles, books, and journals were gone through manually for relevant theories and principles related to risk factors of cancer and how they contribute to cancer. Ayurvedic modalities were also explored, which can help to prevent these risk factors. On exploring different literatures, it was found that mainly under modifiable risk factors-diet, lack of activity, stress, habits (e.g., smoking and alcohol), environmental factors, and unsafe sex with infected personals (human papillomavirus) contribute to cancer. While under nonmodifiable risk factors, family history was found to be a main contributory risk factor.

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