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Letter: Cancer prevention

October 11, 2013

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To the editor:

So Tuesday’s Journal-World is printed on pink paper with many articles and stories about breast cancer detection and treatment. Always more and more pink. We can buy almost any product we want that is pink or has a pink ribbon on it, all with a promise that we are contributing to the fight against breast cancer. But the pink ribbons are often more about marketing than about addressing the profound realities of this serious disease.

I lived through metastatic breast cancer and its treatment 11 years ago and am extremely grateful for the treatment and drugs that helped save my life. I’m equally thankful for the many people who cared for me at the KU Medical Center. But with that said, I am frustrated that our emphasis on breast cancer awareness, screening and treatment — all of which are important — ignores the bigger picture: What is causing this and other cancers?

This year, the American Cancer Society estimated that 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer would be diagnosed among U.S. women and 39,620 U.S. women will die from the disease. While death rates from breast cancer have declined over the past few decades thanks to the development of new and more effective treatments, the overall incidence of new cases is steadily rising. When will we join together to demand, and fund, research to find out why? Let’s honor breast cancer victims and survivors, not just by buying a pink newspaper, but by working together toward something even more ambitious than curing cancer: preventing it.

Comments

Richard Heckler 1 year, 2 months ago

What is causing cancers? I too have asked that question many times.

Ms Dutton it seems the country can find trillions in order to occupy other countries and fund over 1,000 military bases around the world.

The USA big spenders can seem to cough up billions annually for questionable political campaigns.

And fund tons of new road projects we most likely don't need.

With so much money on the planet why don't we know is causing a variety of cancers? The money does seem to not be in short supply. The money needs new direction.

We're sure smoking tobacco is one source. We're sure exposure to radioactive materials can.

What about the many many toxic chemicals in our lives? Such as inundating yards with toxic chemicals some of which drift through the air during application. Carcinogens are everywhere it seems. Perhaps we should take it upon ourselves to reduce the number of possibilities while at the same time direct the nations spending into areas of greater need.

A most excellent letter indeed.

William Bruno 1 year, 2 months ago

Great question. Devra Davis wrote a book on this (Secret History of the War on Cancer). She then wrote a second book... the problem turns out to be not just that there's less money for prevention, it's that we don't want to hear the answer. But some are catching on. Here's Dr. Oz: http://beawarefoundation.org/dr-oz-cell-phones-and-the-risk-of-breast-cancer Davis' second book explains how the harm from cellphones and other microwave and radiowave sources has been systematically exempted from public regulation despite decades of expert research showing DNA damage and other effects. By the way, it's not just cancer rates that have risen. Alzheimer's is up 10,000% (even after age adjustment) since 1970. Parkinson's also rising fast. And autism. And insomnia is now an epidemic. There is very good research showing effects of celllphones on sleep EEG. But, who wants to give up their phones?

Richard Heckler 1 year, 2 months ago

Can this cancer treatment be for real? German doctor cooks cancer from the body as a result of high temperature. When reading this it reminded me of breaking fevers and treating flu with high body temperatures and profuse sweating.

Is it for real? http://quantumtouch.groupee.net/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/3531030471/m/4281083582

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/manualhealingandphysicaltouch/heat-therapy

In spite of the possibilities above I say let's get on with prevention which could be related to diet and such. Cancer cells within our bodies need warriors to fend them off.

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