Can you beat the odds of becoming a cancer victim?

Well, you certainly hope so! The present reality is that one half of men and one third of women will have cancer during their lifetimes, and half of these will die of the cancer. If these were the odds for being killed while driving, we would be reluctant to drive anywhere!

Many of my senior friends who had not succumbed to heart attacks developed fatal cancers in their “golden years.” Even though heart attacks (and related cardiovascular conditions) kill somewhat more people than cancer, people usually dread cancer more than a heart attack. A heart condition can be diagnosed and corrective therapies used, for example, stents can be inserted in a restricted cardiac artery to increase blood flow to the heart. By contrast, cancer is THE dreaded disease because it often cannot be detected until it is too late for corrective action, and the treatments – chemotherapy and X-rays – are dreadful to experience. Although some cancers are cured by these severe treatments, in most cases a person only gains a few additional years of life: the cancer is said to be in remission.

Many scientific organizations have stressed the fact that the majority of cancers result from toxic chemicals, and therefore can be prevented. Supporters of this position include The International Agency for Research, the National Cancer Institute, the Silent Spring Institute, and the Cancer Prevention Coalition. The recent report of the President’s Cancer Panel reiterates this consensus view.

In his book, “Diet for a New America,” John Robbins describes the strong link between cancer and the food we eat. In several graphs he vividly shows that the incidences of deaths from colon cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer are directly related to the fat content of diets of people from countries around the world. Dr. Samuel Epstein, the founder of the “Cancer Prevention Coalition,” stated that there is overwhelming evidence that the increase in cancer rates results from avoidable exposure to carcinogens in the workplace, in consumer products, and in air, water, and soil. Testing of the fat in people’s bodies has disclosed two or three hundred industrial chemicals and carcinogens.

The bottom line is that cancer is a preventable disease – you can beat the odds! All that is required is knowledge, intention, and consistent right action. In future blogs the author will point out how to avoid becoming contaminated with deadly carcinogenic chemicals.

In the next blog we will look into the surprising ability of very minute amounts of toxic chemicals to disrupt and even destroy the normal working of physiological processes.

Footnote: See John Robbins’ blog ( and Dr. Samuel Epstein’s blog (


About donlouis

The author has long had a keen interest in staying healthy and fit, and in doing whatever I can to keep the natural environment unpolluted and a healthy space for people and all animals. As a former Board Member of a municipal water district, I regularly had to deal with the issue of water quality. I first became aware of radiation hazards from toxic materials while working on uranium for nuclear reactors. During the 1960s I was tuned into the global hazard from Strontium 90 raining down from atmospheric testing of nuclear bombs. While working in the chemical industry in later years I became aware of the many forms of chemical contaminants entering the environment every day, and resolved to do something about it. I am able to make sense out of the voluminous descriptions of common toxic chemical because of my training in chemistry, with a Ph.D. degree and several decades of research and development work in the chemical industry. My training and experience enables me to present to readers reliable and current information on the topic of chemical hazards in the environment, and their threats to human health. All my life I have loved hiking and camping in nature. Skiing, river kayaking, and tennis have been my favorite physical activities. Nature photography is my artistic passion.
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