Is cancer a hereditary disease?

Cancer is one of the diseases that may be scary for some people even to hear its name. If you also have someone in your close relatives with this disease and you have questions about the hereditary nature of cancer, it is better to stay with us in this article. In this article, we will examine the role of heredity in contracting this disease.

Suppose the great father of Ahl cigarettes and hookah, then these things caused epigenetic changes in him and now a few generations later in his grandson and as a result, these genes are placed in a new inappropriate environment and cause cancer in a young girl or boy who are not smokers themselves.

Professor Mohammad Ismail Akbari – the head of the Cancer Research Center and the father of Iran’s community-oriented medicine – in his latest note, which is extracted from the research results of the research teams under his management, while emphasizing important and interesting points that you are probably reading for the first time. They have brought: Many questions are asked about the genetics and heredity of cancer, so I felt it necessary to provide the following explanations to the esteemed audience:

The term “inheritance” from a medical point of view refers to the cases where a number of children of a sick person suffer from that disease; According to the presence of the dominant gene in the parents, half of the children can be affected, and a quarter will be healthy and a quarter will be carriers of the defective gene.

In cancers, such a situation is “rare” and at most, less than 10% of cancer cases are hereditary! In general, whenever a person wants to get any disease, including cancer, there are changes in his cells and there are changes in the genes specific to that disease.

Therefore, although we do not consider cancer to be hereditary or genetic, cancer is found with genetic changes. People sometimes see one or more types of cancer in a family, and this is because people think that cancer is hereditary; But it is not so; These cases are called familial or familial.

In general, in such families, the probability of cancer occurrence is higher than normal people, and in some cancers it is up to four times, but inheritance is not according to the definition that was said at the beginning.

There are reasons for this; For example, this family has common behavior and habits; they consume similar foods; They have similar mental and spiritual moods and…
These are the main risk factors in that family.

In terms of molecular and biological cell science, the answer to these questions is epigenetic science. The science of epigenetics is actually chronic changes that occur in a part of genes and cause the transmission of risk factors for developing a disease, such as cancer.

It is interesting to know that the life of this science is short and it has been public for less than 15 years. But in Islamic sources, there are valid statements about these cases, which is surprising! As an example, it is stated in a noble hadith of Maula Imam Sadiq (a.s.): “Illegitimate and haram acquisitions are revealed in the generation of a person!” (Kafi, vol. 1, p. 363)

So, all in all, it must be said that cancer is not hereditary; But with the destruction of people’s genes for any reason, a risk factor can appear during different generations!

Suppose a great father was a smoker, hookah, and cigarette smoker, then these things caused epigenetic changes in him, and now a few generations later in his grandson, and as a result, these genes are placed in a new inappropriate environment and cause cancer in a young girl or boy. It turns out that they themselves are not smokers! The point is that they somehow received this risk factor from that grandfather!

This is a very important word; If today, God forbid, we are deceitful, violent, unkind, usurers (as an example of the above-mentioned noble hadith), hypocrites, etc., or we lose people’s rights, or we are liars and backbiters, or we have a bad material lifestyle, all All these actions affect our future generations (in the way mentioned)!

It means that we are not only responsible for ourselves, but we are also responsible for all future generations! Therefore, we have to ask ourselves how important, necessary and appropriate it is to live responsibly and based on authentic Sharia?

Source: Dolat Bahar

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