The Preventable Cancer Epidemic

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    The Preventable Cancer Epidemic

    Cancer has become such an epidemic that 41% of Canadian
    males and nearly 38% of Canadian females will develop some
    form of the disease, and 27% of males and 23% of females
    will die from it.

    While the medical profession and cancer research
    institutions attribute most of the cancer increase to
    genetic and lifestyle factors, the authors of a new CCPA
    study assert that carcinogens in our air, water, food, and
    workplaces are significant causes of cancer.

    Economist Robert Chernomas and researcher Lissa Donner draw
    from reputable studies and findings to conclude that many
    cancers could be prevented if the cancer-causing chemicals
    were removed from our environment.

    They note that in 2001, Canadian industries admitted
    releasing 18,455,237 kilograms of known carcinogens into
    our air, soil, and water. "Such industries have been
    called 'merchants of death' for putting profits ahead of
    human health"--but they have been aided and abetted by a
    lax regulatory and enforcement system that allows such
    deadly pollution to continue.

    The authors are critical of the main objective of the fight
    against cancer, which is to find treatments or cures rather
    than promoting preventive measures. "Industries have argued
    that for every carcinogen there is a safe level of exposure.
    But our guiding principle should be that the safest exposure
    is no exposure."

    Chernomas and Donner argue that the war on cancer can be
    won, but that the social, economic and political changes
    that are needed will require collective action by the
    environmental, occupational health and nutrition movements.
    Acting together, they can "stem the tide of cancer that is
    sweeping across Canada."