When oh when will a movement begin to start fundamental research and preventive measures in the environment that work? How many of us have to die horribly, humiliaitingly, fleeced by the people supposed to be taking care of us?
I am in the position of Austen’s Emma: I wish I were not so accurate. You will recall the other day I wrote an unshakably firm demonstration that we are indeed seeing an epidemic of cancer. It’s not true that the numbers dying just go to show we are not dying of other diseases; huge increases in death rates from cancers of all sorts, new cancers, younger and younger people developing and dying of cancer destroys the complacent myth the medical establishment, the corporate polluters want us to accept. A story in the Guardian is about how the rate of cancer is expected to increase 70% — that’s SEVENTY per cent — in the next twenty years.
Alas though it is fatally flawed: the argument is that the individual is to blame: we are living this rich life style — are we? who is this? not the 99% in many countries. Well, we are having bad habits — you know what the poor are (smoking cigarettes, drinking because not employable). Not a word about the environment, about the percentage of carcinogens everywhere unearthed, about the new chemical basis of our industries since the mid-20th century. The bulk of Epstein’s book, The Politics of Cancer Revisited is taken up by this story of a movement from wood, steal, natural products to coal, how oil is produced, and our increasingly radioactive environment:
showing how industries have changed the basis of their chemical compounds and how they make industrial level products and produce agricultural surplus to make large profits … the same patterns, from asbestos, to plastics, vinyl chloride, benzenes (a terrible poison producing among other things asplastic anaemia, red dyes #2 and 40 (coal tar dyes which the FDA in effect refused to do anything about for decades), from dangerous pesticides, to chemicals in water, to saccharin (which I used to use in coffee, and which the ACS defended as of “safe on the basis of human experience” and wanted by people — you could not get them to ban it), toxic effects of new chamicals everywhere.
This story reminds me of one I saw in the New York Times — of all places. We are giving ourselves cancer! You see patient’s predilection for tests, their cowardice, has led to an over-use of CT scans. That is what is killing us! Where do you think this comes from? the insurance companies are starting to lose money as the gov’t refuses to pay so the medical establishment sees they will have to bear some of the costs; ergo, they need to frighten customers into refusing these tests — they it is which are causing the rise in cancer.
What’s interesting is both stories — somewhat unusually — are admitting the frightening rise in cancer rates everywhere. It is not a pervasive condition brought on by powerful groups of people –which would be a credible explanation for such a huge phenomena. Oh no. R
No one in either story mentions Fukushima. This is the sort of thing that is causing the cancer epidemic — things like that Keystone Pipeline President Obama now thinks “in our national interest.” Fine phrase, natural interest, like national security. Not in the interest of the health and life of the average person at all.
The runoff from the Japanese plant will mingle with radiation released by other atomic stations, such as Diablo Canyon in California. Under normal operations, Diablo Canyon discharges more radiation into the sea, albeit of a less dangerous isotope, than the Fukushima station, which suffered the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.
“There’s a point to be made that we live in a radioactive world and the ocean just has radioactive isotopes in it,” said Ken Buesseler …
Last week formaldehyde was found in the water West Virginians are asked to drink and wash in: it causes cancer in respiratory tracts of human beings. Now who put the formaldehyde there? who protected the pollution against environmental protections, agency testing?
Finally from (see comments): Aljazeera America:
Announcing the findings of the World Cancer Report 2014, WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) called on governments to make much better use of vaccines and preventative public health policies as treatment alone cannot stem the disease.
The agency warned that the rate of cancer was growing “at an alarming pace” worldwide and new strategies were needed to curb the sometimes fatal and often costly disease.
“It’s untenable to think we can treat our way out of the cancer problem. That alone will not be a sufficient response,” Christopher Wild, IARC’s director and co-editor of its World Cancer Report 2014, told reporters at a London briefing.
“More commitment to prevention and early detection is desperately needed… to complement improved treatments and address the alarming rise in the cancer burden globally.”
The World Cancer Report, which is only produced roughly once every five years, was released on the eve of World Cancer Day on Tuesday and involved a collaboration of around 250 scientists from more than 40 countries.