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Page 44 | Abby's Magazine - Cancer s ll holds the number two spot on the list of top killers of adults; it is the number one cause of death in children. At the beginning of the twen eth century, the incidence of cancer was about 1 in 50 in the United States. Today, the risk of an American man developing cancer over his life me is currently one in two (leading cancer sites for men are prostate, lungs, and colon and rectum); approximately one in three women will develop cancer over her life me (leading sites for women are the breasts, lungs, and colon and rectum). And, like so many other diseases that could be preventable, cancer and toxins have a long correla ve history in scien fic literature. The rela onship between toxins and cancer are well documented – for many types of cancer, including leukemias and lymphomas, and for virtually all types of toxins. In fact, in response to the public's request for informa on regarding the rela onship between environmental factors and the development of cancer, the Na onal Cancer Ins tute (NCI) and the Na onal Ins tutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), two departments of the Na onal Ins tutes of Health, created a booklet tled Cancer and the Environment. It contains informa on about environmental substances either known or suspected to cause cancer. As a result of their research they found that as many as two- thirds of all cancer cases are linked to environmental causes. Cancer is responsible for nearly a quarter of all deaths (heart disease claims a li le more than that at 27.2 percent, and the next runners-up fall way behind these leading two killers). Here is just a small sampling of facts that illustrate the mind- boggling growth in cancer rates: • Some mes called the "silent epidemic," over the last several decades, incidences of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) have been increasing by 3 to 4 percent per year throughout most of the world. In some studies annual increases are as high as 4.2 to 8 percent. These reported increases are corrected for known viral causes of NHL, suchas human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and therefore largely exclude AIDS-related lymphomas. Such annual increases translate to about a 250 percent increase in the last fi y years. • The age-adjusted incidence of primary tumors of the central nervous system (CNS) (par cularly astrocytomas, including the rapidly progressive glioblastoma mul forme as well as the benign meningiomas) appears to have increased by 50 to 100 percent over the past several decades, with the greatest increase occurring among the elderly. The Cancer Connection

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