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The Cancer Connection Cancer still 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 twentieth 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 lifetime 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 lifetime (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 correlative history in scientific literature. e relationship 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 information regarding the relationship between environmental factors and the development of cancer, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), two departments of the National Institutes of Health, created a booklet titled Cancer and the Environment. It contains information 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 little 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: • Sometimes 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. ese reported increases are corrected for known viral causes of NHL, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and therefore largely exclude AIDS-related lymphomas. Such annual increases translate to about a 250 percent increase in the last fiy years. • e age-adjusted incidence of primary tumors of the central nervous system (CNS) (particularly astrocytomas, including the rapidly progressive glioblastoma multiforme 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. Page 26 | Abby's Magazine -

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