Day 5: The Harm of Geolocation on Rate of Cancer

Series: 13 days of Oncology: with Kishan Sivakumar

The article is regarding the rapid development of cancer in individuals in a Chinese village. Through a lack of proper environmental consideration, large-scale cancer development issues were due to pollution and a lack of understanding of the carcinogenic issue among the citizens.

The environmental and ecological issue of mass pollution in the village is mainly due to its location near rivers like the Shayin River. In such rivers, there is a spread of toxins that are resulted from pesticides and fertilizers interfering with the water supply and quality of water from upstream agriculture. Not only does this introduction of chemicals affect the health of individuals in the village, but it also affects the marine wildlife, which cannot withstand such unlivable conditions. Ultimately, the intrusion of such pollutants into a critical resource caused the rapid development of strains of cancer. The lack of infrastructure in certain towns can cause fatal diseases, primarily because of the inability to provide clean, hygienic essential resources, such as water. Thus, it is clear that regardless of the largely hereditary nature of cancer, it also has significant connections to the geographic locations of residentials, as specific landforms can affect the sustainability of the citizens and towns. A lack of leadership or federal funding can further influence the development of cancer within villages, as it causes a lack of accessibility to cleaner essential resources, like tap or distilled water, which is generally cleaner than water coming directly downstream from industrial and agricultural firms.

A lack of a complete and comprehensive understanding of the general details of cancer can profoundly affect villages, such as in the case of the Chinese village. Generally, the only information that corresponded to the affected village was from misinformed media and unestablished rumors and claims. The circulation of this information caused a lack of a coherent understanding of the actual cause of cancer, which caused a domino effect in corrupting medical knowledge in the region. Furthermore, media integration into society created adverse effects through a lack of transparency to villagers, which corresponded to an inability to mitigate environmentally-based health risks. This misinformation caused individuals to pinpoint incorrect causes for the rapid development of cancer, like the creation of an incinerator plant. Even a complete focus in the department of Oncology, in which pharmaceutical innovations are created specifically against carcinogens, is still not enough to end the rapid global growth of the fatal disease. Instead, it is in the hands of credible sources to mitigate medicinal issues through the spread of scholarly sources to prevent the possibility of chaos under a misinformed populace. Without proper guidance, the medicinal matters can translate to economic issues, in the form of resistance to infrastructure development, in this case, the creation of an incinerator plant, which can prevent the sophistication of the town’s economy.

In the case of the Chinese village susceptible to cancer growth, it is vital to have strong leadership and an influential media source that is not misinformed. With a lack of proper guidance, such villages can be subject to the same problem many underdeveloped areas around the world face, the development of unrestricted cancer. In solving such a long-standing issue, there can be benefits not only in the medicinal department but also in the financial world.


Liang, Yue. “Chen Ajiang, Cheng Pengli, and Luo Yajuan, eds., translated by Jennifer Holdaway,
Qi Di, and Wei Han, Chinese ‘Cancer Villages’: Rural Development, Environmental Change
and Public Health.” Asian Ethnology, vol. 81, no. 1-2, spring-fall 2022, pp. 332+. Gale In
Context: High School,


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