The National Cancer Registry in Ireland yesterday released its latest research projections for cancer in Ireland. Depending on the projection model used, the research indicates that new invasive cancer cases could increase by up to 125 per cent for females and by up to 133 per cent for males in 26 years’ time.
Throughout the industrial world, the war on cancer remains focused on commercially fueled efforts to develop drugs and technologies that can find and treat the disease. But this struggle essentially ignores most of the things known to cause cancer, such as tobacco, radiation, benzene, asbestos, solvents, and some drugs and hormones. Many modern cancer-causing agents, such as vehicle exhaust, pesticides and other air pollutants, are simply deemed the inevitable price of progress.
Both public health and social justice demand a greater focus on the causes of cancer, rather than treatment. Unfortunately the regulatory bodies often lack the authority and resources to monitor and control tobacco smoke, asbestos, and the cancer-causing agents in food, water and everyday products. Under antiquated laws, chemical and radiation hazards are examined one at a time, if at all. Of the nearly 80,000 chemicals regularly bought and sold today, fewer than 10 percent have been tested for their capacity to cause cancer or do other damage.
The following is some simple guidelines (other than the obvious give up smoking) that can help in the prevention of cancer if followed:
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