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Cancer is not only caused by unhealthy diet, smoking, alcohol, inactivity and viral diseases, but against chemicals and radiation that often take place in our lives. Cancer, one of the most important health problems of our time, continues to increase in the world and in our country.

‘It is known for certain that common types of cancer are linked to potentially controllable external factors,’ said the professor, an Internal Medicine Specialist. Doctor in Turkey explains the risk factors and ways to prevent the disease.


In recent years, the focus has been on smoking, alcohol, malnutrition, viral diseases and inactivity as causes of cancer. But the effects of chemicals, pesticides, food additives and radiation should also not be ignored.

The fact that we can face more than a hundred thousand chemicals in daily life should not be forgotten. New 1500-2000 chemicals are available to people every year. In the last 30 years, 70 thousand chemicals, 12 thousand food additives, 1000 agricultural chemicals and 12 thousand chemical components have been put into use for use in the cosmetic industry. The increase in cancer is certainly not surprising when all these factors are evaluated together.


Modern industrial agricultural chemicals leave cancer-causing residues in many products. At least two agricultural chemical residues were found to be present in a third of the vegetables, fruits and cereals consumed in European Union countries. Agricultural chemicals are used against insects, pests, lice and weeds. It can also be applied to animal feed and directly onto animals. Vegetables and fruits, wheat hence bread can contain agricultural chemicals. Turkey agricultural products, which have been found and returned back by the European Union countries and Russia, are always on the agenda. Although the number of agricultural chemicals used in Turkey varies every year, it is about 350. Although fewer agricultural chemicals are used than in other countries, more agricultural chemicals are detected in exported foods due to unconscious application.


After the Second World War, the chemical industry developed rapidly, living beings and humans were almost used as test subjects without testing the reliability of chemicals. How environmentally and professionally exposed chemicals, food additives will act alone or together in the short and long term has not been tested but approved. The human body is unfamiliar with these chemicals and is ill-equipped to deal with them. Especially ‘pesticides, plastics, perfumes and oil waste’ contain many carcinogenic chemicals. In addition, ‘radiation’ which is frequently exposed to daily life and in Turkey hospitals for examination-treatment procedures, is also an important cause of cancer.


Pesticides are widely found in amniotic fluid of unborn babies, cord blood of newborn babies, breast tissue of the mother, milk, blood and adipose tissues of people. For healthy generations, expectant mothers should not be exposed to agricultural chemicals before and during pregnancy. Safe organic foods should be preferred, especially for protection from agricultural chemicals.

In addition, during the day, mobile phones should be limited to use, our bedroom should not have frequency-emitting electromagnetic devices or these devices should be turned off while sleeping. Ionized radiation (tomography, X-ray), plastics, genetically modified products, unnecessary drug use, excessive detergents and cosmetic products should also be avoided as much as possible.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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