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Breast Cancer - an environmental disease, the case for prevention

The report "Breast Cancer - an Environmental Disease: The Case for Primary Prevention" (2), accuses Government and the cancer establishment of being fixated with screening and treatment while real prevention goes ignored, and demands an urgent shake-up of cancer policy

"Women have been sold the myth that breast cancer is normal and inevitable. It’s not," says Diana Ward - primary author of "The Case". "Breast Cancer is preventable, but Government and the cancer industry determinedly ignore the evidence. How much longer must we sit by and let this disease take more and more women?" says Ward.

Bringing together startling quotes from cancer specialists across Europe, the US and Canada, "The Case" argues that an official disregard for the reality is allowing breast cancer to steadily increase. The hard hitting review of 50 years of research gathers together incontrovertible evidence that many man-made chemicals and radiation - routinely released into our environment - are major causes of breast cancer.

"The Case" cites examples from Sweden, Denmark and the US, where pollution reduction programmes have cut levels of dangerous chemicals from the environment, and demands the UK Governments do the same.

Last updated on 22 June 2011

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