Cancer is a product of policies on energy, buildings, food, and manufacturing

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Cancer is a product of policies on energy, buildings, food, and manufacturing.

But rates of childhood cancer today are 50 percent higher than when the war began.

Only one in 10 women who develop breast cancer is born with defective genes.

Women who work at night – like nurses or those who work in electronics – have lower levels of melatonin and higher rates of breast cancer.

Men who work with chemicals or electromagnetic fields have higher rates of brain cancer and leukemia.

The global cancer industry spends $107 billion per year, nearly half in the U.S., with a great deal of those funds going directly to costly drugs and their administration.

Despite progress in treating relatively rare cancers like chronic myelogenous leukemia, we have made no advances treating the most deadly and advanced forms of the disease such as lung and brain cancer.

The case for prevention is stronger than ever.

If we had acted on what has long been known about the industrial and environmental causes of cancer when this national war first began, millions of lives could have been spared — a huge number of casualties for which those who have managed the effort against the disease thus far must answer.

A former President appointee to the National Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board and a National Book Award Finalist for When Smoke Ran Like Water, she is President of the Environmental Health Trust, a nonprofit devoted to researching and controlling avoidable environmental health threats, and the author of the acclaimed book The Secret History of the War on Cancer, as well as Disconnect, the truth about cell phone radiation.

Author: Devra Lee Davis

Source: thehill.com