Substantial contribution of extrinsic risk factors to cancer development
Editor’s summary [nature.com]:
“Recent analyses have suggested that for some cancers, the intrinsic behaviour of tissue stem cells may be responsible for malignant transformation and cancer progression, raising the question of the influence that extrinsic factors may have on tumorigenesis. Yusuf Hannun and colleagues provide evidence that stem cell dynamic-related intrinsic risk factors contribute only marginally to cancer development and are not a major factor in the observed cancer risk. This new analysis indicates that tumour progress is influenced by extrinsic factors, and highlights the importance of taking them into account in cancer prevention.”
American Cancer Society, in a Shift, Recommends Fewer Mammograms
“One of the most respected and influential groups in the continuing breast-cancer screening debate said on Tuesday that women should begin mammograms later and have them less frequently than it had long advocated.”
Breast Health & Disease Articles
Breast Cancer Screening, Incidence, and Mortality Across U.S. Counties
“Screening mammography rates vary considerably by location in the United States, providing a natural opportunity to investigate the associations of screening with breast cancer incidence and mortality, which are subjects of debate.”
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(9):1483-1489. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.3043.
Most recent book by co-author Dr. Gilbert Welch: Less Medicine, More Health: 7 Assumptions That Drive Too Much Medical Care (Beacon Press 2015).
Contaminating Our Bodies With Everyday Products
“In recent weeks, two major medical organizations have issued independent warnings about toxic chemicals in products all around us. Unregulated substances, they say, are sometimes linked to breast and prostate cancer, genital deformities, obesity, diabetes and infertility.”
Fragrance and parfum: Use in Cosmetics, Health and Environmental Hazards, Regulatory Status
“Laboratory analysis of top-selling colognes and perfumes identified an average of 14 chemicals per product not listed on the label, including multiple chemicals that can trigger allergic reactions or interfere with hormone function.”
Does Cell-Phone Radiation Cause Cancer?
As the debate over cell-phone radiation heats up, consumers deserve answers to whether there’s a cancer connection
“In May 2015, a group of 190 independent scientists from 39 countries, who in total have written more than 2,000 papers on the topic, called on the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and national governments to develop stricter controls on cell-phone radiation. They point to growing research—as well as the classification of cell-phone radiation as a possible carcinogen in 2011 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the WHO—suggesting that the low levels of radiation from cell phones could have potentially cancer-causing effects.”
Devra Davis PhD MPH Delivers Dean’s Lecture at The University of Melbourne on Mobile Phone and Wireless Radiation—The truth about mobile phone and wireless radiation: what we know, what we need to find out, and what you can do now.
“20 countries have enacted various precautionary policy to reduce cell phone exposure and protect public health.”
Children’s Health and the Environment [Canada & U.S.]
Canadian Partnership for Children's Health & Environment http://www.healthyenvironmentforkids.ca/
America's Children and the Environment is an EPA report that presents key information on children's environmental health. http://www.epa.gov/ace
Genetically Engineered Food: An Overview
“New technologies — like genetic engineering — create uncertainties and risk that should be carefully evaluated rather than being rapidly pushed onto the market.”
“For centuries, farmers were able to use generations’ worth of knowledge to breed seeds and livestock for the most desirable traits. However, technological innovation has gradually made this method of breeding nearly obsolete. Today, most soybeans, corn and cotton have been genetically engineered — altered with inserted genetic material — to exhibit traits that repel pests or withstand the application of herbicides.”
GMO pigs' cautionary tale of genetically modified food research
“For decades, genetically modified crops such as corn and canola have been a common -- if still controversial -- part of Canada's food system.
Now, new advances in genetic modification are poised to make it possible to put genetically modified animals on our dinner plates as well.”
Starbucks and palm oil, wake up and smell the coffee—Consumer action is vital if we’re going to tackle deforestation and social exploitation in the palm oil supply chain
“In response, SumOfUs, a global community of consumers, investors and individuals working together to hold corporations accountable for their actions, has launched a campaign to get Starbucks to eliminate conflict palm oil from its supply chain.”
FROM THE UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS (USA):
“An astonishing 1 in 3 kids today will develop diabetes in their lifetimes, while the country's dominant agricultural practices pollute our water and degrade our soil. These symptoms of our broken food system are largely the result of federal policies that line the pockets of agribusiness at the expense of our health, the environment, and the economy.”
Our Broken Food System (And How to Fix It)
Take a wild ride through the symptoms of our broken food system, then call on the next president to take bold steps to fix it!
Vitamins and Supplements: Magic Pills
“As many as three out of four Canadians use natural health products. From herbal remedies to minerals, vitamins and other supplements, it’s a billion dollar industry that includes everyone from Big Pharma to Mom and Pop operations. They're products packed with promises, but what’s actually in the bottle? Could we be taking too much? And could they actually be harmful to your health?”
A Rose is Not a Rose
“Intense colors and huge, swirling flower heads the size of baseballs explain why many think Ecuador grows the world’s best roses. But this perfect flower has stumbled into the 21st century under a disturbing burden of pesticides, poisoned workers, and polluted waters and wildlife.”
“Buying a certified rose shows you care not only for a sweetheart but also for the environment and the health of the workers.”
Big Pharma and Organized Crime — They are More Similar Than You May Think
“It is scary how many similarities there are between this [pharmaceutical] industry and the mob. The mob makes obscene amounts of money, as does this industry. The side effects of organized crime are killings and deaths, and the side effects are the same in this industry. The mob bribes politicians and others, and so does the drug industry …” ~ former vice-president of Pfizer pharmaceuticals
SERIES: Science for Sale
“Science and opinion have become increasingly conflated, in large part because of corporate influence. Industry-backed research has exploded — often with the aim of obscuring the truth — as government-funded science dwindles.”
Hear an interview with David Heath:
By David Heath
By Jim Morris
Tough Medicine—A disturbing report from the front lines of the war on cancer.
“The Death of Cancer is an angry book, in which one of the critical figures in twentieth-century oncology unloads a lifetime of frustration with the obduracy and closed-mindedness of his profession. [Vincent] DeVita concludes, ‘There are incredibly promising therapies out there. If used to their fullest potential for all patients, I believe we could cure an additional 100,000 patients a year.’ He is not the first to point out the shortcomings of clinical practice, of course. What sets The Death of Cancer apart is what he proposes to do about it.”
“TEVA HARRISON is a writer and graphic artist. She is the author of the critically acclaimed graphic memoir, In-Between Days, which is based on her graphic series about living with cancer published in The Walrus. It was named one of the most anticipated books of 2016 by the Globe and Mail, which also named the author one of 16 Torontonians to Watch. She has commented on CBC Radio and in the Globe and Mail about her experience. Numerous health organizations have invited her to speak publicly on behalf of the metastatic cancer community. She lives in Toronto.”
Johnson & Johnson to pay $72m in case linking baby powder to ovarian cancer
“Jury in Missouri orders pharmaceutical company to pay damages to family of deceased woman who claimed talcum powder caused her cancer”
By Jennifer Lunden
This long article, first published in 2013, is a comprehensive overview of what’s included, and especially, what’s still missing from most breast cancer conversations—all that BCAQ has been talking & writing about for the past 20+ years.
These Fabulous Swimsuits Are Designed Specifically For Breast Cancer Survivors—and they’re modelled by some seriously glam women
“Finnish designers have created a stunning range of swimsuits specifically for women who have lost a breast through breast cancer.”