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Cancer in children is one of the most terrifying phenomena. Over 30 years of research has determined that acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) has the simplest way to prevent ALL cancer in children. Scientists believe that humans’ obsession with cleanliness and fear of germs could actually play an important role in the disease by stopping children’s immune systems from developing properly, noticed IFLScience.
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer of the lymphoid line of blood cells characterized by the development of large numbers of immature lymphocytes. It is very common being diagnosed in aged 4 and younger, it may effect adults too. There are approximately 6,000 Americans that are diagnosed with this decease each year. Fortunately, currently 90% of children with ALL are cured, and the discovery that the disease might be preventable is very exciting news.
How prevent ALL cancer?
According to IFLScience approximately one in 20 children have a genetic predisposition to ALL, but if their immune system develops correctly, they will remain healthy. However, if they’re not exposed to plenty of microbes in the first year of life, their immune system won’t develop as well and won’t know how to cope with infection. That is why cleanliness has actually been linked to the development of allergies.
By the way, many people and especially Mothers like to keep everything exclusively clean, and protect their children from any possible germs. But we would like to inform you that it is not actually good for your children. Humans’ bodies naturally use to come into contact with all sorts of dirt and viruses during growing up. Therefore, as a child, lots of interaction with other kids, having pets, or playing in the dirt can actually be very beneficial to their health. Super-clean environment is not always good for health and more likely you will suffer from asthma and allergies. Human’s super-clean lifestyle is thought to be the reason why these conditions have skyrocketed in recent decades – but only in developed countries.
“Infectious disease tracks with poverty,” first author Professor Mel Greaves, a leading cancer scientist said. “The problem is not infection. The problem is lack of infection.”