If you ever feel distressed with the traffic jam, consider yourself lucky because you weren’t the part of 12-day jam program of China— the most extended traffic in the history.

I wish we could’ve studied every single person who was the part of this jam as they could have given us the vital analytics on the traffic jam and its impact on the health.

Nevertheless, with whatever anecdotes we have, we can say that traffic jams may set the groundwork for cancer cells.

Now, that’s what I call a bizarre and astonishing link.Yes, traffic jams affect your health which may ultimately contribute to cancer.So, let’s dissect the association between the two in detail.

In reality, “tortoism” induces stress-related cancer.

If you are a believer of “slow and steady wins the race,” you shall skip this page.The philosophy sounds and looks good; however, moving at the tortoise’s speed is a plain absurdity for most of us.

With long traffic queues; we get honking cars, bright sunlight hovering over our heads, and the pollution just under our nose.

Along with it, as the current generation loves instant gratification, moving at tortoise’s pace instills irritation and anger.

When our bodies feel agitated, a lot of chemical reaction takes place in the background.Any failure to reach the desired destination on time induce stress in our heads.

Stress gets activated by the cortisol hormone— the “feel-bad” hormone which makes the person feel depressed and stressed.

But that’s not the ultimate impact.One of the studies suggests that there’s an association between stress and cancer. [1]

In brief, it states that stress creates a positive environment and activates the signaling pathway for the growth of the cancer cells.So, your “tortoism” won’t help you with the medical condition.

The chain of events similar to the chain of the vehicles.

As the chain of the vehicles imbibes stress in our bodies, we also lay bare to the chain of the unhealthy events which eventually carry us to the cancerous goalpost.

When we are fired up due to the heavy traffic, we give birth to the cascading effects where our sugar levels and blood pressure shoot up.

There’s a belief that high blood sugar level may bring in cancer as a corollary disease.The cells in the body rely on glucose so that they can convert them into energy.

The catch is— even the cancer cells need the same glucose to survive and replicate.With the high stress, you lift your glucose level, thereby feeding the cancer cells to aggravate your condition.

In some cases, traffic molds your behavior.If you have been dealing with the consistent traffic, you may resort to stress-nullifying options such as smoking, drinking, or addiction to drugs.

And I am pretty sure that I don’t have to define the association between unhealthy habits and cancer.

No way we can rule out the pollution.

There’s a widespread belief that commuting in the car is free of pollutants and have no connection with the harmful gases.

However, in reality, if you are inside the vehicle; you are much more prone to the threat of harmful gases because of the fan of the air-condition which sucks in more toxicity.

Moreover, the acceleration, braking, and idling potentiate the accumulation of these harmful gases within the shielded car.

When you inhale these toxic gases through nose and mouth, they get arrested in the different organs like lungs, and when the same molecules reach the bloodstream, it may result in lung cancer.And here’s the proof. [2]

You can avoid the inhalation of the toxic substances in your car by regulating your car fan to the mode where the fan doesn’t suck in anything from the outer environment.

Instead, you can choose the mode where the ac or the fan of your car enjoys and circulates the air present within the vehicle already.

The idea is to prevent noxious gases to stuff in our vehicle, therefore reducing the risk of cancer.

So between the two options— stress-related cancer and public transport; what would you choose?